According to the 2018 Global Report on Food Crises, an estimated 124 million people worldwide face crisis-level or worse food insecurity, largely as a result of conflict and political instability or extreme weather events.

The need for reliable, timely information regarding food production and availability, food prices, and hunger levels goes beyond simply responding to such periods of food crisis; proper data and information can help policymakers anticipate food security crises in order to mitigate the severity of their effects. A number of early warning systems have been established to collect, analyze, and disseminate such information at the global and the country levels; while not comprehensive, this section provides several of the major early warning systems available.

This section also aims to serve as an early warning hub, providing up-to-date information and news regarding the latest food security alerts and situations on the ground. You can sign up to join the Food Security Portal mailing list to receive the latest alerts and news in your inbox, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Check back regularly for the latest updates on global, regional, and national food security-related crises.