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SOMALIA: 3.3m people food insecure and 6.2m severely food insecure. Food security needs nearly double five-year average. Late Deyr rainfalls fall short, risk of fifth poor rains. Further deterioration in food security expected [29 November 2017] YEMEN: Estimated 17m people are food insecure. This corresponds to 60% of the total population. Conflict and below average rainfall endanger agricultural livelihoods [28 November 2017] ETHIOPIA: Government and humanitarian partners are providing humanitarian assistance to 8.5m people affected by the current drought. Government is planning to prioritize recovery efforts to address the resilience needs of people who were affected by back-to-back droughts [26 November 2017] SOUTH SUDAN: 4.8m people (45% of population) severely food insecure. Current harvest season will not end hunger crisis as conflict persists and hyperinflation puts food out of reach for many people. Food security expected to deteriorate at the start of 2018 [17 November 2017] KENYA: 3.4m people food insecure. Isiolo County is worst hit by drought, resulting in severe vegetation deficit. Other counties with significant vegetation deficit due to the ongoing drought conditions include Wajir, Marsabit, Kajiado, Samburu, Mwingi, Kitui and Tana River [4 November 2017] NIGERIA: Severe food insecurity is widespread in the three northeastern states (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe), affecting 5.2m people during the lean season (June-August), including 50,000 people estimated to experience catastrophic food security conditions [1 November 2017]


Food Monitor is an early warning system that tracks global food price and supply risks which could potentially lead to food insecurity. 

The causes of food insecurity are complex and multi-dimensional. After decades of low agricultural commodity prices, the 2007/08 food price crisis witnessed extreme price spikes on global markets, which had devastating consequences for developing countries. Food Monitor was established to warn about global food price and supply risks at the early stages of development. We monitor key staple commodities and their extreme price movements on global food markets, fulfilling a crucial gap that is missing in other early warning systems.

We use a simple traffic light system for each of our four indicators to warn about the current levels of risk associated with global food prices and supply.

Local Indicators

Price Transmission

?Measures how international price movements are transmitted to local markets. It indicates in which countries we expect prices to rise if global prices rise.More Information

Number of countries

Date: 12/12/2017

Food Security News Hotspots

?Indicates the relative intensity of news related to agricultural markets and food security.More Information

Number of countries

Date: 11/12/2017

Global Indicators

Global Supply

?Assesses whether forecasted production is sufficient to meet forecasted demand.More Information
Date: 13/12/2017

Excessive Price Volatility

?Shows extreme changes in price development at international commodity exchanges.More Information
Date: 11/12/2017

Current global food price movements impacting local markets

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How we warn about global food price and supply risks...

All four of the indicators used by Food Monitor focus on global food price and supply risks that could impact food security, two indicators at the local level and two indicators at the global level. Our innovative Price Transmission indicator monitors 83 countries and tracks global price movements that could impact on local markets. The Food Security News Hotspots reflects media activity related to global and regional price developments and food security, using the assumption that more news coverage means a more problematic situation. The Global Supply indicator analyses both sides of the food equation by assessing whether the forecasted production (production and storage) is sufficient in meeting the forecasted demand (population and levels of income). The Excessive Price Volatility indicator provides information on price fluctuations at international exchange markets, which is important as evidence suggests that price increases and volatility transmits to local markets.

The Food Monitor warnings provide close to real-time assessments on risks that have the potential to impact upon food security. To learn more about our indicators and how to interpret the warnings, please visit our indicator pages. All warnings are immediately updated on this website and also published on Twitter automatically. Follow us @_foodmonitor to ensure you never miss any of the warnings.

How can Food Monitor track global food price and supply risks?

Joachim von Braun, Maximo Torero and others explain the key information in this short video