Topic outline

This e-learning course follows the previous one of the series: ‘Linkages between food security, nutrition and social protection: An introduction to basic concepts and principles’. It provides information on the process of conducting an assessment of social assistance and/or safety net programmes (part of the wider social protection measures) using the ISPA-FSN tool, presenting the four phases of the tool and how to implement its steps and activities.


This course targets:

  • government employees and programme managers working for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour; and
  • government employees, national and international development practitioners and researchers working on food security, nutrition and social protection issues.

  • The main steps and activities for implementing the ISPA-FSN tool throughout its four phases.
  • The process of conducting an assessment of social assistance programmes, using this tool to assess the impact on food security and nutrition outcomes.

The course consists of 3 lessons of approximately 20 - 40 minutes duration each:
  • Lesson 1 – Phase 1 of the ISPA-FSN tool: Preparation and assessment
  • Lesson 2 – Phase 2 of the ISPA-FSN tool: Data and information collection
  • Lesson 3 – Phase 3 and 4 of the ISPA-FSN tool: Overview of findings and country report

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      This course was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and is based on the Inter-Agency Social Protection Assessment tool on Food Security and Nutrition (ISPA-FSN).

      The following organizations contributed to the development of the ISPA-FSN tool under the overall leadership of FAO: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), World Bank Group (WBG), Save the Children and World Food Programme (WFP).

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