Quantifying annual domestic food production levels remains key to assessing the food security status of nations with rural-based economies, along with understanding the factors that may tip the balance from food security to food insecurity in any given period.
There is general recognition that proper data and information can help policymakers to anticipate and better respond to food security crises prompting the development of early warning systems (EWS) by governments and international agencies. An accurate, early understanding of crop and forage production and changes in livestock body condition through regular monitoring systems such as food security assessments are recognized as an essential first step in supporting these efforts.
Growing climate change-linked crises pose immeasurable threats to agriculture, livestock, and food security. Our field experience has shown this firsthand, especially in already marginalized communities whose livelihoods are dependent on agriculture and livestock. It is also evident that the response to these threats lies in realistic and holistic interventions encompassing all stakeholders.
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