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Food Security Information Systems and Networks Course


The Food Security Information Systems and Network (FSISN) is a global initiative to strengthen food and nutrition security information systems for producing reliable and accurate data to guide analysis and decision-making. Food security analysis is a multi-disciplinary task, involving different sectors including agriculture, health and nutrition, environment and trade.

An inclusive food security analysis is required to provide decision makers with a comprehensive set of recommendations. One solution comes from better collaboration between existing data collection systems. FSISN serves as a neutral technical platform for exchanging expertise, knowledge and best practices, developing harmonized methods and tools, and facilitating capacity development onfood and nutrition security measurement and analysis. This five days training programme will enable the participants to develop and strengthen their skills and expertise in the food industry.


5 days


This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other Development programmes.


Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Understand the main objectives of a food security information system.
  • Understand how key components of food security information systems support decision making processes.
  • Understand the main purposes for which food security analysis is conducted.
  • Identify the main users of and applications for food security information products.
  • Identify the steps needed to assess different information systems concerned with food security analysis, in terms of their relevance and performance.
  • Understand how to take advantage of identified strengths and how to address weaknesses in the food security information systems.
  • Understand the importance of strengthening networking and collaboration between sub-national and national level information systems.


Introduction to Food Security Information Systems and Networks

  • Basic concepts in FSISN
  • Measuring food security
  • Food security indicators
  • Components of an information system
  • Functions and objectives of FSISN

Institutional Arrangements for Data Collection

  • Agricultural information systems
  • Market information systems
  • Health and nutrition information systems
  • The importance of integrating food security data

Institutional Structures for Integrated Food Security Analysis

  • Household food security and nutrition monitoring systems
  • Early warning systems
  • Vulnerability analysis and mapping systems
  • Linking sub-national and national information activities

FSIN and the decision Making Process

  • Data collection and management
  • Data and the food security dimensions
  • Data analysis
  • Data communication, users and applications
  • Monitoring and evaluation in FSISN

Improving Food Security Information Systems

  • Key aspects of different information systems in food security analysis
  • Steps in the assessment process
  • Developing strategies to strengthen the food security information systems
  • Improved data sharing and integrated analysis
  • Examples of FSISN assessments and recommendations 


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 20th May 2019

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 27-05-2019
Event End Date 31-05-2019
Cut off date 20-05-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,012
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,000
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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