Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis

About this programme:

The incidence of food insecurity in some African countries remains high. This anomaly of widespread food insecurity amid national food surpluses stimulated the analysis of the nature and causes of food insecurity. Some countries are experiencing production shortfalls due to a series of drought and/or policy failures. Subsequently, national, regional and international organisations have engaged themselves in assessing the impact of such failure so as to better understand the context and take appropriate actions to build the capacity of vulnerable households and communities to respond to any changes in their environment.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has recognised this challenge and identified the African Centre for Food Security (ACFS) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) as Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (VAA). The overall objective of Food Security Analysis is to provide the necessary skills to practitioners who carry out vulnerability assessment activities and build much needed analytical capacity.

How you will benefit. You will learn to:

  • Understand complexities of food security, vulnerability and its indicators in the context of countries in Africa
  • Use food security and vulnerability analysis as a means to promote continuous monitoring rather than the once-off assessments triggered by emergency response
  • Understand the assessment of crop and animal production, storage and access to food security and vulnerability

Key focus areas:

  • Module 1: Conceptualising Food Security and Vulnerability
  • Module 2: Food Production and Availability
  • Module 3: Food Access, Livelihoods, Policies and Coping Strategies
  • Module 4: Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E)


Two weeks

Entrance requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in relevant or related discipline and work experience (in case the candidate does not have a Bachelor’s degree they will have to present a portfolio that will be used to assess capabilities)

* This programme is only available for a full cohort of a minimum of 20 delegates

Date(s) Programme Fee
Available on Request The programme fee will be determined based on the requirements
Course by:

UKZN Extended Learning