As a response to the generalized food crisis of the early 1970s, the Committee on World Food Security prompted the creation of the Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS). Over the years, GIEWS has established itself as the world’s leading source of information and as a respected authority on global food production, consumption and trade. It continuously monitors the food security situation in every country of the world and alerts the world to emerging food shortages.
The Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS) continuously monitors food supply and demand and other key indicators for assessing the overall food security situation in all countries of the world.
It issues regular analytical and objective reports on prevailing conditions and provides early warnings of impending food crises at country or regional level.
At the request of national authorities, GIEWS supports countries in gathering evidence for policy decisions, or planning by development partners, through its Crop and Food Security Assessment Missions (CFSAMs), fielded jointly with WFP.
In country-level application of tools for earth observation and price monitoring, GIEWS also strengthens national capacities in managing food security related information.