What makes the Food Security Portal site different from a lot of the other food security sites is that it acts as a data aggregator. We are pulling in data from many key sources, and this lets us paint a unique picture showing the real pulse of the situation in each country. Here is a break down of specifically what variables are pulled from where:


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) site has a useful price tool for extracting commodity price data. Data is well formatted and multiple series are capable of being shown in a nicely rendered graph for trending and comparison purposes. However, building queries is time consuming, and series get truncated to match the coverage of the least complete series.

  • Monthly commodity prices (retail and wholesale)


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The FAO STAT site is a great resource for extensive production, trade, consumption and natural resource data sets. Data is available through an easy to navigate query and comes in useful formats.

  • Commodity production quantity
  • Commodity export and import quantity
  • % of population undernourished
  • Calorie supply per capita
  • Net receipt of food aid

Famine Early Warning System (FEWS)


FEWS tracks 25 countries world wide and reports on their status of food security. Overall, the site is very limited in terms of data availability. No useful data is accessible off the site, with the main source for reporting being PDF images of trend graphs and some mapping features.

  • Monthly commodity prices (retail)

World Development Indicators (WDI)

World Bank

The World Development Indicators (WDI) are available through an easy to use query that is very conducive to comparing multiple indicators across countries and years. The data notes are thorough and data is available a clean csv or excel format.

  • Inflation
  • Agriculture as % of land
  • Agricultural value added
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Percent of population below poverty line
  • GDP
  • GNI per capita
  • External debt as percent of GDP

International Monetary Fund (IMF)


The IMF has extensive data available, though the site is difficult to manage, and some of the data outputs are not in user friendly formats.

  • Global oil prices

U.N. Population Division


The site has extensive population data available for download in a very user friendly way, though the limitation of 5 countries or regions per query makes it difficult for any large cross-country comparisons.

  • Population
  • Population density

International Labor Organization (ILO)


The Laborsta Tool is a useful source of data on a variety of indicators. The site is easy to search and format queries, though it is not possible to compare different types of indicators in the same search. Data can be downloaded into nicely formatted spreadsheets.

  • Unemployment
  • Consumer price indexes

UNICEF Statistics and Monitoring


UNICEF data measures the condition of children and women across several indicators, such as health, education, and nutrition. Data can be selected by different countries for different indicators about the situation of children and women in that country.

  • Children undernourished (%)
  • Under 5 mortality rate (per 1000)