• Year
    Disaster Risk Management

    FEWS NET Technical Support Contract

    The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) activity has traditionally relied upon its own personnel based in food insecure countries and their official in-country partners to collect and assess the information and data needed to identify and monitor levels of food security in vulnerable populations, reporting on conditions in 36 countries from 22 field offices around the world. This data collection method depends on a proximity to, or direct contact with, the hungry populations from which the information and data are collected. The scope and the amount of the data FEWS NET can theoretically collect is therefore constrained by the resources available from its FEWS NET Implementation Team (FIT) members (USAID, NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, and a private-sector contractor) and other official and unofficial partners.

    The aim of the FEWS NET TSC is to assist USAID’s FEWS NET activity in identifying and implementing new technologies to enhance team collaboration, and to broaden data collection, analysis and dissemination methods. The project supports the FIT in enhancing intra-team early warning collaboration, analysis, and dissemination capabilities, and in expanding an activity-wide ability to gather new and greater quantities of food security information and data through the application and use of new information technologies for early warning.