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.


      • Course series

        The course series on “Making social assistance programmes work for nutrition: the ISPA-FSN tool” consists of the following two courses:

        1. Linkages between food security, nutrition and social protection: An introduction to basic concepts and principles
        2. The ISPA-FSN tool: Assessing social assistance programmes for better food security and nutrition

        Since this course is part of a series of two, you will obtain your digital badge only upon passing a final assessment test that comprises questions based on the content of both courses.

        • System Requirements

          The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.

          The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

          • Audience

            This course targets:

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

            • You will learn about

              • 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.

              • Course structure

                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

                • Partners

                  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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                  • Digital Badge Certification

                    To be granted a digital certification from the FAO elearning Academy, you will have to take the final evaluation exam after you’ve finished a course.

                    Our digital badge certifications verify that you have achieved the learning outcomes and competencies outlined in FAO e-learning courses.

                    What is a digital badge?
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                    Badges can be displayed wherever earners want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.

                    Please click the link below to start the test: