Workpackage 8

Surveillance on and management of food crises






One of the overall aims of the FOODSECURE project is to give guidance to stakeholders and policy makers on FNS. This workpackage addresses specifically policies for the monitoring of food and nutrition insecurity linked to price volatility and price surges. In order to do so in an effective way short term as well as long term impacts of crises and of their policy remedies have to be taken into account.

Research set up and objectives

The research conducted in this workpackage strives to improve the surveillance on food and nutrition insecurity linked to price volatility and surges. Such improved surveillance can guide short term policy interventions in a more effective way. It will include analyzing and setting up institutional and policy options to protect FNS in cases of crises and calamities.

Research approach

The researchers will rely on a three-step approach to deliver policy advice on the navigation of food price crises. First, they will develop a framework to assess the costs and benefits of available policy actions against food prices volatility and surges. Second, they will gather data on the type of policy options implemented by national governments in times of food price spikes. The data will be structured into a typology of countries based on their responses to food prices spikes. Finally, the cost-benefit framework will be implemented on historical policy interventions. Various systems of stocks and reserves will be specifically assessed in that context.


A conceptual framework to guide future assessments of the short and long terms impacts of food price crises and their policy remedies. This framework will be complemented with a typology of countries, so future policy actions and the implementation of the cost-benefit framework can be facilitated. The conceptual framework and the country typology will form the basic evidence for a cost-benefit analysis of policy interventions in volatile food markets at the national level.  


Center for Development Research, ZEF,
Joachim von Braun,
and Nicolas Gerber,





This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 290693