‘Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19’ Webinar Series

COVID-19 has had serious and potentially long-lasting impacts on food security and malnutrition. The Data for Nutrition community has hosted several webinars to discuss practical insights for measuring food security and nutrition during the pandemic.

Individuals who are interested in showcasing their work in this series can contact Riley Auer (sauer1@jhu.edu) for more information.


Past Webinars

Contributions of the Latin American and Caribbean Food Security Scale (ELCSA) to Food Insecurity Monitoring & Policy Making Globally

Data for Nutrition can RSVP to this event here.

Description:

The Latin American and Caribbean Food Security Scale (ELCSA) is an experience-based food insecurity scale originally created for Latin American and Caribbean contexts. Since its creation, its use has expanded globally and it became the basis for FAO’s Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES). Join us for a discussion of the influence of experience based scales on food security monitoring and policy making globally. Presentations will showcase examples of how the ELCSA has been used in Mexico and Sri Lanka. Confirmed speakers include Rafael Perez-Escamilla (Yale University), Mireya Vilar-Compte (Montclair State University), and Thilini Agampodi (Rajarata University of Sri Lanka). Commentary and Q&A moderated by Pablo Gaitán-Rossi (Universidad Iberoamericana) will follow presentations.

Date and Time

September 1, 2021 9:00 – 10:30 AM ET / 6:30 – 8:00 PM IST

Speakers

Rafael Perez-Escamilla

Professor, Yale School of Public Health

Director, Global Health Concentration

@YaleSPH, @rperezescamilla

Mireya Vilar-Compte

Associate Professor, Montclair State University

@montclairstateu, @Mvilar213

Thilini Agampodi

Professor, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka

Moderator

Pablo Gaitán-Rossi

Associate Professor, Universidad Iberoamericana

@equide_ibero, @IBEROinvestiga, @pablogaitan

Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19: Practical insights from data collection activities in four global contexts

The need for data and monitoring emerged as a theme from the April 2nd Ag2Nut webinar on “COVID-19, Food Systems & Nutrition.” As food security is a key piece of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways, we are coming together to learn from practitioners around the world through this measurement-focused discussion.

Data for Nutrition members can access supplementary materials here and view the follow up discussion “Rapid Assessment of Food Security during COVID-19: Sharing knowledge & experience” here.

Description:

Each of our four panelists will share how they selected and/or modified experience-based food security metrics for inclusion in household assessments carried out remotely using mobile phone or online platforms. The panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Jennifer Coates (Tufts University) and Ed Frongillo (University of South Carolina). Panelists include:

  • India – COVID19 Remote Surveys: A rapid assessment of food security in India (IDInsight)
  • Nepal – Program monitoring by community health workers (Helen Keller International’s Suaaharra project)
  • USA – Food insecurity/access survey (Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future)
  • Global – Mobile Vulnerability Analysis & Mapping (mVAM) Program (World Food Programme
Date and Time

May 06, 2020 9:00 – 10:00 AM ET/ 1:00 – 2:00 PM GMT/6:30 -7:30 PM IST

Speakers

Divya Nair

Director, ID Insight

@IDInsight

https://www.idinsight.org

Kenda Cunningham

Senior Technical Advisor, Hellen Keller International, Suaahara II

@HelenKellerIntl, @CunninghamKenda

Erin Biehl

Program OfficerFood System Sustainability and Public Health Program, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

@LivableFuture

Kusum Hachhethu

Food Security and Nutrition AnalystHunger Monitoring Unit, WFP

@mobileVAM, @WFPVAM, @Kusum_H

http://mvam.org

Moderators

Edward Frongillo

Professor, University of south Carolina

Co-Chair, Technical Expert Advisory Group on Nutrition Monitoring (TEAM), WHO and UNICEF

Jennifer Coates

Associate Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Suggested Hashtags

@Data4Nutrition #Ag2Nut #COVID19 #foodsystems #foodsecurity #investinnutrition

Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19: Revisiting data collection activities for practical insights & lessons learned

This is the second webinar in the ‘Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19’ series.

Data for Nutrition can find the Q&A Summary, copies of the presentation, and additional supplementary materials here.

Description:

The panel discussion, moderated by Ed Frongillo (University of South Carolina), will revisit program and research initiatives in India, Nepal, and the United States who selected and/or modified experience-based food security metrics for inclusion in COVID-related household assessments. Confirmed panelists include Divya Nair (IDInsight), Kenda Cunningham (Helen Keller International), and Roni Neff (Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future). Q&A will follow the presentation.

Date and Time

November 19, 2020 10:00 – 11:00 AM EST/ 8:30 – 9:30 PM IST

Speakers

Divya Nair

Director, ID Insight

@IDInsight

https://www.idinsight.org

Kenda Cunningham

Senior Technical Advisor, Hellen Keller International, Suaahara II

@HelenKellerIntl, @CunninghamKenda

Roni Neff

Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for a Livable Future (CLF)

@LivableFuture

https://clf.jhsph.edu/

Moderator

Edward Frongillo

Professor, University of south Carolina

Co-Chair, Technical Expert Advisory Group on Nutrition Monitoring (TEAM), WHO and UNICEF

Measuring Food and Nutrition Security for Urban Consumers in Times of the COVID-19 Crisis

Data for Nutrition can find the Q&A Summary, copies of the presentation, and additional supplementary materials here.

Description:

This event is the third Data for Nutrition webinar to discuss measuring food security during COVID-19 and compliments the ‘Measuring Food Insecurity in the Era of COVID-19’ series. Speakers will discuss metrics for measuring food and nutrition security among urban consumers, as well as share findings from studies conducted in Kenya and Ethiopia. Confirmed speakers include Christine Chege (The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)) and Alan de Brauw (International Food Policy Research Institute). Q&A will follow the presentation.

Date and Time

December 08, 2020 9:00 – 10:00 AM EST/ 5:00 – 6:00 PM EAT

Speakers

Christine Chege

Agri-Nutrition & Food Systems Specialist, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

@BiovIntCIAT_eng, @CGKChege 

Alan de Brauw

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

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