World Food Programme

CountrySTAT is a statistical framework and applied information system for analysis and policy-making designed in order to organize, integrate and disseminate statistical data and metadata on food and agriculture coming from different sources.

CountrySTAT gathers and harmonizes scattered institutional statistical information so that information tables become compatible with each other at the country level and with data at the international level. The main objectives are to facilitate decision-maker's access to information and to bind data sources that are currently spread throughout the different institutions.

A key data input for the CountrySTAT system is WFP’s Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) assessments.  These assessments provide users with a picture of the food security situation and vulnerability of households in a country.  CFSVAs carried out in countries that are subject to recurrent crises.  The CFSVA data answers the following key questions:
  • Who are the food-insecure and vulnerable people?
  • How many are there?
  • Where do they live?
  • Why are they food-insecure?
  • What is the appropriate assistance to reduce vulnerability and food insecurity?

And CFSVA provides a breadth of information on the political, socio-economic and agro-ecological context, food supplies, markets, livelihoods, coping strategies, nutrition, health, education, etc. The analysis:

  • identifies the root causes of food insecurity and vulnerability;
  • provides an in-depth profile of food-insecure and vulnerable people, and their livelihoods;
  • provides an analysis of markets, their functioning and price trends in the country;
  • includes an analysis of risk (hazards, natural disasters, economic shocks, etc) and their potential impact on the most vulnerable.