Guiding Framework: FAQs

I cannot find the indicator I am looking for. I think it should be here but is not. Can you help?

We are still in the beta phase of the Guiding Framework, so the list of indicators is evolving and will be added to over the next year. Please let us know which indicators and/or information is missing and how we can make this tool more useful for you! Please provide your input either through the 'Feedback' tab OR send us an email at:

How were indicators selected for the Guiding Framework?

We systematically reviewed existing literature and indicators currently being used by key institutions to identify relevant food security and nutrition indicators. All indicators we selected fit into our predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria (see below). Some of the documents and tools we reviewed included the Food Security Information Network User's Guide for Existing Indicators, the ADePT Food Security Module Indicators, the FAO/WHO GIFT Draft Indicators, the FAO food security indicators, the Feed the Future Indicators, and the Global Nutrition Report. We then evaluated the indicators based on the predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria and carefully reviewed selected indicators to check for redundancies. Indicators that  measured the same concept but were articulated slightly differently were collapsed into a single indicator. 

Can I see the original full list of indicators?

Yes. The full list of indicators is available upon request.  Please send your request either through the 'Feedback' tab OR send us an email at:

Why are so many indicators focused on quantity and quality?

The strong focus on quantity and quality is a reflection of the current types of indicators that have been widely adopted and used.

How was this initial set of indicators and information selected?

 The inclusion/exclusion criteria used for selecting indicators were as follows:


Inclusion Criteria

Exclusion Criteria


Indicator captures one or more of the key food security dimensions (i.e. quantity, quality, cultural preference, safety, stability, sustainability) measured at the national, market, household or individual level

No indicators measuring causes or consequences of food insecurity (e.g. empowerment, anthropometric outcomes etc.)


Indicator is in active use, defined as:

  • Tested or validated in one or more countries and/or actively promoted and used by one or more international organizations

No indicators related to program implementation (e.g. process indicators, coverage indicators)


Indicator fills a necessary gap (NB: if the indicator is not readily available or in active use the indicator, it may still be included in this framework, with relevant caveats, on the grounds that it could fill a data gap with further testing and validation).