Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET)
FEWS NET, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on acute food insecurity. Created in 1985 by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) after devastating famines in East and West Africa, FEWS NET provides objective, evidence-based analysis to help government decision-makers and relief agencies plan for and respond to humanitarian crises.
Analysts and specialists in 22 field offices work with US government science agencies, national government ministries, international agencies, and NGOs to produce forward-looking reports on more than 36 of the world's most food-insecure countries. The "NET" in our name represents our vast network of partners, ranging from collaborators in data collection and analysis to consumers of our reporting. Our products, published here on our website, include:
- monthly reports and maps detailing current and projected food insecurity
- timely alerts on emerging or likely crises
- specialized reports on weather and climate, markets and trade, agricultural production, livelihoods, nutrition, and food assistance
We are active players in the humanitarian and development communities, participating in global committees to improve classification, remote sensing, and other aspects of food security analysis. We also support and conduct training and capacity-building for national early warning systems, weather services, and other agencies.