FAO SDG Indicator 2.1.2 - Using the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES)

sdg 2.1.2

In the context of reporting on the SDG Indicator 2.1.2, this course introduces the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) and explains how it can be used to measure food security. The course provides guidance on the collection and analysis of data, and on how the information provided by the FIES can be used to inform and guide policy.


The target audience of this course includes:

  • Data analysts responsible for working with data to report on SDG Indicator 2.1.2
  • National statistics officers responsible for planning and implementing data collection and reporting for SDG Indicator 2.1.2
  • Director level staff responsible for reporting on this SDG Indicator
  • Policy makers who may use the reported data to inform decisions


The course consists of 5 lessons, ranging from approximately 25 to 55 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 Introduction to the Food Insecurity Experience Scale
  • Lesson 2 Including FIES in a survey
  • Lesson 3 Statistical validation of FIES data
  • Lesson 4 Calculation of food insecurity prevalence rates
  • Lesson 5 Using the FIES to make a difference: presentation and communication of results