South Africa food and nutrition security information systems review and capacity assessment: literature review report

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Abstract

This literature review report has been prepared as part of the project commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with South Africa???s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), to define a Food and Nutrition Security information system (FNSIS) to be managed through a digital platform: the FAO/DAFF TCP/SAF/3701 Project ???Supporting the Development and Implementation of the Food Security and Nutrition Plan for South Africa???. The immediate objectives of this report are to analyse administrative information relevant to FNS across different stakeholders, review policy documents and characterise the existing national level FNS information systems. Using literature, the report broadly seeks to (a) explore capacity gaps, needs and capacity development options of FNS-related information systems in South Africa towards the creation of an efficient and effective synchronised multi-level FNSIS and (b) understand the nature and levels of coordination and networking among FNS institutions towards coming up with an institutional architecture that best anchors the planned synchronised multi-level FNSIS.