The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development adopted in September 2015 commits the international community to end poverty and hunger and achieve sustainable development in social economic and environmental dimensions. Among 230 global indicators were adopted as part of the new SDG framework. These indicators will help countries to measure the progress towards achieving objectives. However, many countries will need support to collect and analyse statistical information in a systematic way. To support countries to this task each indicator has been assigned a custodian agency that is responsible for collecting data from national sources, provide story line for annual global SDG progress report, provide and update the documentation and underlying methodologies but among other contribute to build country capacities to produce and report on these indicators.
FAO has been designed custodian agency for 21 indicators related to food and agriculture of which the two indicators belonging to SDG Target 2.1 ( SDG Target 2.1: “By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round”.).
In addition, in early 2018, FAO and the Pacific Community (SPC) signed a joint strategic plan aiming at guiding the development of agricultural and fisheries statistics in the Pacific Small Islands developing states (SIDS) and addressing demand for monitoring the SDGs. The plan has four objectives and one of them is related to the increase of quality of core set of regional comparable statistical indicators related to food security.
It is within this overall context that the sub regional office of FAO in the Pacific, has developed a two years technical cooperation programme (TCP/SAP/3705) project on strengthening the national capacities of the PICs to monitor SDG Target 2.1 using information collected in their most recent or on going national household survey.
In context of the TCP and in collaboration with SPC, FAOSAP is organizing a one week technical regional workshop during which representatives from National Statistic Office of Niue, Tuvalu and Nauru will be exposed to methodologies and tools developed by FAO to estimate SDG target 2.1 indicators (SDG 2.1.1 - Prevalence of undernourishment and SDG 2.1.2 Prevalence of severe and moderate food insecurity based on the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)).
The workshop will be divided into theoretical and practical sessions during which, whenever available and quality of the data will allow, the food and the FIES data collected in the most recent survey conducted in targeted countries will be analysed to derive SDG Target 2.1 indicators as well as other food security and nutrition indicators using ADePT-FSM ( ADePT-FSM is a free software developed jointly by the World Bank and the FAO Statistics Division to derive food security indicators at sub national level from food data collected in Household Income and Expenditure Surveys). Analytical software such as STATA and R will be also used during the workshop.
It is expected that after the workshop participants become familiar with the methodology and tools developed by FAO to estimate the two SDG Target 2.1 indicators and understand the main steps needed to analyse the food and the FIEs data collected in their respective surveys and are able to perform the food security analysis using ADePT-FSM.