Project: Community Food Security Assessment Conference
Award Year: 1999
Amount of award, fiscal 1999: $127,032.00
Institution: USDA Graduate School
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This project helps guide the development and implementation of a standardized set of measurement tools that can be used to assess various components of community food security. In 1999, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began implementation of the Community Food Security Initiative (CFSI). The initiative is a partnership with States, communities, and nonprofit organizations to help develop sustainable local infrastructures to increase food security. Through a cross-agency initiative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help States and communities obtain the tools they need to reduce hunger and food insecurity, improve nutrition, and enable low-income families to make a transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. As part of the CSFI, this project conducted several related tasks:
  • carried out research on community food security to identify key components of a food-secure community;
  • held a conference to develop a draft food security assessment instrument, with logistics for the conference
  • assisted in a field test of the instrument in the Lower Mississippi River Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative (Delta NIRI) project; and
  • developed a toolkit that can be used for implementation of the final instrument in local communities.

The Economic Research Service provided the $127,032 in fiscal 1999 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School for logistical support of the conference, with the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), U.S. Department of Agriculture, making a contribution towards the project's cost. The conference was held on June 28-30, 1999, in Washington, D.C. The work on this agreement was completed in August 1999.

Topic: Conferences and Workshops, Data Collection and Methodology, Food Security