Print1 - Introduction

WFP has developed the Food Security Assessment Learning Programme to improve the ability of WFP and partner staff to plan and implement sound food security assessments (FSAs). The learning programme is based on the Emergency Food Security Assessment Handbook and methodological developments from the “Strengthen Emergency Needs Assessment Capacity Project” (SENAC) , which specify technical standards and provide guidelines on tools and methods derived from consultations among food-security practitioners. The approach to instruction and the contents are based on an assessment of learning needs that involved visits to country offices and regional bureaus, evaluation of previous assessment training, a review of practices and ongoing consultations with food security practitioners, facilitators and learners.

The programme was rolled out to the field through regional workshops and distance learning in 2005; in 2006, it was expanded to country workshops to address specific skills for WFP staff. The Supervised On-the-Job Learning Programme was also launched in 2006, and preparation of the Interactive Distance Learning Programme was started.

A core assumption is that learning is an iterative process; each learning event or assessment helps to enhance individual capacity. The workshop element of the programme is one step in the learning process; continued hands-on and technical training - both through experience and in the classroom - is also needed to reach the required standards.