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31 December 2010

1. Introduction

The Socio-Economic and Food Security (SEFSec) survey is part of a broader monitoring system in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) to be institutionalized within the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). The purpose of the SEFSec is to gauge changes in the living conditions of Palestinian households by monitoring socio-economic and food security indicators which emerged out of a need for timely information complementing the Palestinian Expenditure and Consumption Survey (PECS). This initiative is supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with PCBS. Similar to the 2009 SEFSec, the survey conducted in 2010 provides an update on a series of indicators including:

Food security (food acquisition, dietary diversity, Household Food Insecurity Access Scale);
Income and consumption/expenditure patterns;
Coping mechanisms.

The following report provides a summary of the basic food security findings of the SEFSec survey conducted in 2010 with comparisons to data available from the 2009 SEFSec survey.

This report will be complemented by a series of thematic reports to provide further in-depth analysis related to a series of indicators. These indicators are:

Assistance by type, value and source;

Socio-economic characteristics of households;

Analysis of households on the basis of the Proxy Means Testing Formula (PMTF); and

Household resilience levels based on the resilience module designed by FAO.

The analysis of these indicators will provide thematic focus on household food insecurity profiling, analysis of humanitarian assistance on households and the application of the PMTF to the SEFSec data.

Complete document in PDF format (Requires Acrobat Reader)

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