Assessments & Response


This tool is designed to to improve the quality of assessment and monitoring through promoting awareness of the different tools/framework/guidelines/approaches that exist and that are used within the gFSC partner organisations.  This tool is targeting Food Security and livelihood field workers and advisers to facilitate their choice of methodology for assessment/analysis/monitoring methods and practices. This inventory is meant to evolve with new entries and field inputs.

In 2012, the Assessment Working Group (AWG) of the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) was mandated to compile a core list of humanitarian food security situation and performance indicators mapped against the four IASC phases of a humanitarian emergency response. To achieve this goal, the AWG looked at the indicators currently being used in humanitarian responses, both sudden-onset and protracted, as well as indicators used in CAP and Work Plan documents. The AWG then circulated the draft list to all gFSC partners and country cluster focal points for comments, additions and adjustments.

The resulting Core List of Humanitarian Food Security Indicators is attached for your information. The purpose of this list is to provide country FS clusters and partners a guide to recommended indicators during the various phases of an emergency. Partners and clusters are not obliged to use these indicators. They were developed to provide a guide and to adapt as and if needed. It is planned to review and revise this list as necessary based on feedback and comments from field implementation every 6 months.

Please send any feedback / comments you may have on the on the indicators including how useful and relevant the indicator was, how feasible it was to collect and any suggestions for improvement or changes of the indicator to Marisa Muraskiewicz: and/or Emma Fitzpatrick: Your comments will be shared and reviewed among the members of the AWG and the indicators will be adapted as appropriate.

In the meantime, the AWG will be developing a leaflet for each indicator in order to provide guidance and better illustrate its use. The leaflets will include reference information for each indicator, such as reporting purposes, methodology of data collection and calculation instructions. The AWG will share the leaflets after they are finalized, in an anticipated six months’ time.

Food security in emergencies

Contingency Planning

Including disaster risk reduction.


Including assessment tools, assessment guidelines and vulnerability and capacity assessment.



Including cash & vouchers, livestock and seeds in emergencies.

Response Quality

Including accountability to affected populations, protection, ageing, gender and community based health, first aid and behaviour change.

Monitoring and Evaluation