Food Security and Rural Situation Assessing

Our director has led or participated in over 60 Crop and Food Supply Assessment Missions internationally for the United Nations FAO/WFP (Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Food Programme). Since 2006, AA International Ltd has been contracted directly to deliver these services.

As well carrying out Crop and Food Supply Assessments, we can deliver the following services to International Agencies, NGOs and Governments:

  • Conduct regional / national and local market situation reviews;
  • Provide training in how to plan, organise and conduct Crop and Food Supply Assessments;
  • Produce manuals (Pictorial Evaluation Tools) for rapid practical assessment of livestock condition and crop yield.

    More information about our
    Food Security work is provided below:

Crop and Food Supply Assessments
We are a leading company of crop and food supply assessors.  Crop and Food Supply Assessment Missions (CFSAMs) are a key element of the information gathering activities of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (through their Global Information and Early Warning System, GIEWS).  They are rapid appraisals that provide an early indication of national production for staple crops in developing countries which lack reliable domestic information systems. These predictions are used by the United Nation's World Food Programme to analyse the country's food supply situation in the new or forthcoming marketing year, so that it can estimate food deficits and calculate the assistance required to meet them. Thus CFSAMs make essential contributions to the food security of these countries. 

CFSAMs involve visits to areas of agricultural production during the growing season, in order to predict crop yield per unit area. These crop yield predictions can then be combined with crop area data, to produce an assessment of total crop production at farm, region or national level. We have been integrally involved in the production of tools that can assist in the rapid assessment of crop production. 

AA International Ltd provides the following services with regard to such missions:

  • Mission preparation
  • Team formation and training
  • Access and analysis of remote sensed data
  • Statistical data collection and analysis
  • Rapid case studies
  • Field and market surveys and analysis
  • Report preparation
  • High-level debriefing 

Countries and situation assessed by AA International Ltd staff:

  • During Conflict (Previously Angola, Ethiopia, Eritrea and South Sudan)
  • Post Conflict ; Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique
  • Immediate post-war; Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Serbia
  • War affected; Albania and Macedonia
  • Natural disaster affected areas; Mongolia
  • Marginal; Ethiopia, Sudan, Zambia, Jordan, Mozambique and Eritrea

Most recent FAO reports of missions with  AA International Ltd staff can be found on our news page by following the link below:
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APPS of PET Crops and PET Livestock

PET Crops TM and PET Livestock TM   are being modernized into a digital format to be used on android smart-phones and tablets.  The apps incorporate crop yield and livestock body condition data collection using the tried and tested PET photo- indicators; data compilation and analysis leading to real-time reporting by field officers.  

Climate Change Busting:Transplanting
CLIMATE-CHANGE DESERVES NEW IDEAS........... Transplanting sorghum and millet seedlings  is an old idea with a new and relevant application if you do it from pre-rains nurseries.
Environmental Management
AA International is accredited to Environmental Management Standard BS8555: Phase 2. The Standard enables us to monitor our environmental impact and identify ways to control and improve our environmental performance.

CFSAM South Sudan 2016
FAO/WFP have released the Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission for South Sudan, Special Report, April 2016AA International Ltd provided the consultant agronomist to this mission, which was conducted during November and December 2015.

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