Maize is an important basic food crop in Central America.
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Food Security Portal for Central America

A Spanish-language web portal that focuses on food and nutrition security in Central America has been launched by IFPRI. The platform aims to be an information pool as well as a centre of dialogue.

A new Spanish-language web portal that focuses on food and nutrition security in Central America was launched in May 2015 by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The objective of the portal is to provide a set of indicators on food and nutrition security and early warning mechanisms as well as opportunities for dialogue among policymakers, researchers, the private sector and others seeking to increase the resilience of the world’s poor to possible food-related crises, including price and climate shocks. 

The portal is designed to pool information and evidence on the different dimensions of food and nutrition security in structured and timely ways to ensure data quality, timeliness, and relevance to the food and nutrition security policies in the region. It also seeks to be a centre of dialogue between the different actors involved in food and nutrition security policies and thereby help inform the design of future policies. 

One of the feature stories on the portal highlights a geo-spatial tool developed to identify the gaps in public investments needed to reduce poverty, inequality and malnutrition in rural areas of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, using geographic targeting and the prioritisation of these investments. This tool demonstrated, for example, that areas of Honduras with low levels of agricultural potential and low efficiency had the highest levels of child migration to the Unite States of America. 


(IFPRI/ile)