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03 May 2023  | Training

Masterclass on food security assessment

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03 May 2023 to 16 June 2023
Achala Sharma
About the masterclass

HUC is organising a masterclass on Food Security Assessment (FSA) with experts from the HKH region. This masterclass will introduce early career researchers and development workers from Bhutan, Nepal, and Northeast India to the concept and types of FSAs, equip them to develop and implement purposeful assessments, and communicate this effectively to various stakeholders. The training will take place online with field exposure. As part of this masterclass, participants will develop and conduct an assessment survey in their own locality/ community under the guidance of the masterclass trainers.  



The masterclass caters to early researchers, grassroots level workers (or developmental organisations), early or mid-career government officials from related departments. It is designed to:

  • Introduce the concepts and types of FSAs
  • Provide practical skills and knowledge to design and implement effective food security assessments in different contexts and settings
  • Build capacity on FSA data analysis and interpretation and effectively communicate the findings to various stakeholders, including policy makers and communities



Communities across the world have been dependent on millets as a source of nutrition and sustenance for generations. Despite its potential to address food and nutritional security, the growth and consumption of millets have been declining. Of late, the value of millet has been recognised as critical in addressing food security, especially under current climate change scenarios. The UN FAO has designated 2023 as the International Year of Millets and various initiatives have been made by the national governments to promote this essential crop. For designing initiatives and formulating millet-related policies for long-term and meaningful impacts on the status of food security, it is important to understand the status of food security in any region, identify critical influencing factors, and understand how millets can supplement ongoing efforts in combating the issue of global food insecurity. In the HKH region, millet production although diminishing, has been an integral part of subsistence agriculture, ethnic culture, and livelihood.  



Session I (online)

Date: 3 May 2023

Duration: 1.5 hours

Session details: Introduction to FSA: FSA types, contextualising FSA, methodology for FSA

Home assignment for participants: Participants will reflect upon the learning from the session and identify the context and type of FSA to be conducted in their locality.

Session II (online) followed by fieldwork in the participants’ respective local areas

Date: 9 May 2023

Duration: 1.5 hours

Session details: Participants will make 5-minute presentations of the context and type of FSA they would like to conduct. This will be followed by an interactive session on designing of context-specific FSA tool.

Home assignment for participants: Participants will finalize the FSA tool in consultation with the trainer and conduct the FSA in their own locality. We will keep sample size small that is practical for completion in a one-week duration.

This will include regular follow-up with the participants during the week.

Session III

Date: 16 May 2023

Duration: 1.5 hours

Session details: Analysis and interpretation of the FSA survey. Participants will present the findings of the assessment, challenges, and experiences.

Home assignment for participants: Participants will develop the FSA report and submit it by 19 May 2023.