Participatory urban food and nutirtion security assessment process


This booklet is intended to describe in detail a unique method by which local communities are trained to investigate their problems and generate their own solutions. This is not merely a conceptual exercise. This method was tested in seven communities in Bhuj, in the State of Cujarat, India. The purpose of the booklet is to provide readers with a complete description of the process of events undertaken, to serve as an aid for others wishing to conduct similar assessments. Examples from the project in Bhuj are used to highlight the steps in the process and the outcome of the exercise in Bhuj. This method was initiated jointly by Disaster Mitigation Institute (DMI)l, Ahmedabad through its activity centre, Emergency Food Security Network (EFSN), supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific and FAO headquarters in Rome. The common aims of the partners were < four-fold: (a) To train community volunteers to investigate for themselves the reasons for food and nutrition insecurity in their communities. (b) To understand the food insecurity problems the urban poor have to overcome. (c) To create a team of selected community members, with enhanced capacities in qualitative research. (d) To provide a direct interface between the local administration and the community to forge a sustainable linkage between the two.

Date and language
Sep 2004
Agris Subject Categories: 
Physiology of human nutrition
Agris Subject Categories: 
Nutrition programmes
Physical Location: 
FPMU Documentation Center
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