Topic outline

This course was created with Adobe Flash technology. Since this technology is no longer supported by modern internet browsers, the online version was removed. The downloadable version and content of the course (text only) are still available. In order to access them, please read the instructions in the System requirements section below.

This course provides a definition of vulnerability and illustrates the three critical dimensions used to define it. It also presents the most commonly used methods to assess vulnerability, and provides examples and criteria for selecting the appropriate vulnerability indicators.

The target audience of the e-learning course includes: mid-level managers, technical staff, field personnel who are involved in the collection, management, analysis, and reporting of food security information, as well as, planners, policy formulators and programme managers who are involved in monitoring progress in poverty reduction, and meeting food security goals and targets. 

  • The concept of vulnerability
  • Using vulnerability assessments for decision making
  • Tools available for conducting vulnerability assessments
  • Selecting vulnerability indicators

The course consists of  3  lessons, ranging from approximately  25  to  45  minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1  –  What is Vulnerability?
  • Lesson 2   –   Vulnerability Assessment
  • Lesson 3   –   Vulnerability Indicators

The interactive version of the course is available as a downloadable package and only runs on Windows PC’s and doesn't require any additional software. Please read the following instructions.

The content of the course is also available in text format (pdf).

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    • Partners

      European Union  The African Centre for Food Security, University of Kwazulu Natal World Food Programme