Workshop on Measuring Urban Food Security: Implication on Targeting, Monitoring and Evaluating Food Programme

The places for the pre-conference workshops is limited and is based on First-Come, First-Serve basis. Registered participant can book a place for the pre-conference workshops from the Participant’s Dashboard.


Food is a fundamental human right. According to article 25 in Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nation, 1948), individual and his family has the right to obtain adequate standard of living including food, clothing, housing and medical care for the health and well-being. According to World Food Summit hold in Rome, food security is described as “the right of everyone to have access to safe and nutritious food, consistent with the right of adequate food and the right to be free from hunger”. This is in line with the second goal of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eliminate hunger and ensure all people including poor and at-risk peoples to access safe, nutritious and sufficient food by year 2030 (United Nation, 2016).  

Food insecurity occurs in both the developing and developed countries, and it is recognized as a major public health problem. Food insecurity occurs “whenever the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or the ability to enquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways is limited or uncertain (Anderson, 1990)”. According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2018), the number of undernourished people is estimated to 821 million or one out of every nine people in the world. While nearly 151 million children under-five and above or 22 percent are affected by stunting in 2017. Food insecurity affects dietary intake, nutritional status and physical and mental well-being of individuals such as women, children and elderly. The issue on food insecurity and malnutrition in urban areas is still under consideration, thus technical knowledge on indicators to measure, monitor and evaluate food insecurity is highly recommended. 


  1. Foster a dialogue between food security and public health sector to ensure a shared understanding of the linkages between Food security expert and nutrition to improve health.
  2. Share technical knowledge, such as assessment tools for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of integrated nutrition and food security interventions.


  1. Prof. Dr. Norhasmah Sulaiman

PhD in Community nutrition

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics,

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Universiti Putra Malaysia

43400 UPM Serdang Malaysia.


  1. Wan Azdie bin Mohd Abu Bakar

PhD in Health Sciences (Nutrition)

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics,

Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences

International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuantan Campus

Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Bandar Indera Mahkota

25200 Kuantan, Pahang Darul Makmur.


This workshop will bring together a small group of experts in food security field. This workshop will have three session:

  1. Introduction to food security;
  2. Tools and indicators to measure food security;
  3. Hands on session.

It is hope that, at the end of the workshop, participants are expected to understand the current issues, indicators and tools as well as possible mechanism for monitoring food insecurity.