New book out from the FAO: Integrating Food Security Information in National Statistical Systems: Experiences, Achievements, Challenges

Includes a GREAT list of acronyms!

Dowload here: http://www.fao.org/docrep/015/i2588e/i2588e.pdf

Abstract:

Data collected in accordance with the complex of criteria governing food and
nutrition security provide elements for identifying what food security information,
statistics and indicators are best suited to the formulation of food and nutrition
security policies (FNSP) in developing countries.

Data sources come from food production surveys and trade administrative records that are used to estimate domestic supply of food commodities for human consumption in terms of FBS.

The main source for food consumption, however, is restricted to data on private
consumption in households as collected in national HBS. Food security information relates to energy and energy-yielding macronutrients, amino acids essential for an assessment of protein quality, as well as vitamins and minerals deriving from food commodities. These are supplied and estimated using FBS data and acquired by households using HBS data.

The formulation of FNSP is based on current status and trends in domestic food supply at the national level. These policies can, however, be fine-tuned by using regional status and trends derived from food security information from HBS where this contrasts with production data. Examples are taken from countries in different continents. This diversity highlights the importance of these statistics as a basis for decision-making processes which have an impact on the food and nutritional status of different populations.

This information is relevant to the formulation of policy on agricultural production, agro-industry and trade in relation to domestic food supply. It also helps to assess the impact of interventions affecting the demand for food by population groups.
Keywords: household surveys, food balance sheets, food security, food quality and
quantity, food and nutrition policies

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