Food Security Analysis
Before intervening in a country, the first priority for WFP is to analyze the food security situation of the population. WFP's food security analysis work is commonly known as VAM (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping) and is carried out by 120 analysts around the world.
Be it an emergency or otherwise, WFP needs to answer some critical questions before it designs an operation. Who is hungry? How many of them are there? Where do they live? Why are they hungry? Who is vulnerable and could become hungry if there is a natural disaster or crisis?
Only when they have these answers can WFP experts decide on the scale of intervention, the type of intervention and the most appropriate responses required to save people's lives and livelihoods.