Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis Assessment 2008
In Uganda, food and nutrition security remains high on the country’s development agenda. The Government has recently produced several policy frameworks and strategies which acknowledges this importance, such as the forthcoming National Development Plan (2009-2014). The Government has also made a commitment to monitor the country’s progress against the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - the first of which relates to eradicating extreme hunger and poverty.
In 2005, WFP conducted a Comprehensive Food Security & Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) in Uganda. In 2008, it was decided to conduct a similar assessment in order to update critical data on food and nutrition, enable more focused programme responses, and improve inter-agency coordination and targeting. The study aimed at addressing the following five questions:
1. How many people are food insecure or vulnerable?
2. Who are the food insecure or vulnerable people?
3. Where do the food insecure and vulnerable people live?
4. What are the underlying causes and threats to food security and nutrition?
5. What are the implications for food security interventions?
Through in-depth data collection and analysis, the CFSVA provides humanitarian agencies with information on:
- The areas and population groups that are the most food insecure and malnourished, including: how many they are; how they are distributed in the country; why they are food and nutritionally insecure; how food or other assistance can make a difference in reducing hunger and supporting their livelihoods; and if, possible targeting criteria for the different socio-economic groups;
- An understanding of changes in the vulnerability of these populations over time;
- An overview of how well markets function and are integrated; and,
- Future risks for food security for incorporation in contingency plans (eg. from socioeconomic, natural, political or other shocks).
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
- Key market
consumption/consumer behaviour [1.1]
economic conditions and indicators [1.2]
income, property and investment/saving [1.5]
rural economics [1.6]
agricultural, forestry and rural industry [2.1]
basic skills education [6.1]
compulsory and pre-school education [6.2]
general health [8.4]
land use and planning [10.2]
TRADE, INDUSTRY AND MARKETS 
Unit of Analysis
- Key market
The survey covered household througout Uganda and specifically children under the age of five as well as mothers. Another component specifically addressed traders to gather data on markets.
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
World Food Programme
Action Contre la Faim
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Famine Early Warning Systems Network
Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
Ugandan Ministry of Health
Norwegian Refugee Council
Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda
Save the Children
Uganda Bureau of Statistics
United Nations Children’s Fund
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Based on an extensive discussion and review of existing stratification, the country has been divided into 23 strata. Two extra strata were proposed being: Refugees within West Nile; and Southwest strata. Hence a total of 25 strata were used for the survey (see Map 2 in the final CFSVA report). During the analysis the stratification of the region is used in order to simplify the presentation of data. This is shown in Map 3 of the final CFSVA report.
A two-stage sample design was adopted. The first stage was the selection of enumeration areas (EAs) from each of the 25 strata using Probability Proportional to Size (PPS) sampling. The second stage was the selection of the households, which were the Ultimate Sampling Units (USUs). The frame from which the EAs were sampled was the one developed during the 2002 Population and Housing Census and later updated to include the current 80 districts. In each EA, households were selected either from a list compiled during the actual data collection, or from a list made available by the UBOS National Service Delivery Survey in mid-2008 (just before the CFSVA was undertaken).
Sample size determination
It was established that based on calculated standard errors, a design effect of 2 and, in order to have a coefficient of variation (CV) of less than 15%, 767 EAs needed to be sampled. Altogether this sampled number of EAs would be sufficient to generate estimates, including at the stratum level. The number of EAs per stratum were computed using a power allocation of 0.3 (see Annex 12.1 of the final CFSVA report for more details).
Selection Procedure of households
Existing listings of all households in each EA were the basis for the selection of households. The households were selected using Simple Random Sampling (SRS) from household lists in each EA. In every EA, 34 households were sampled, 30 of which were surveyed for health and nutrition and 10 for food security. For the latter, every third sampled household was included. Where listings were not available, the team generated a listing with the local leaders before proceeding.
The samples in the Uganda CFSVA were designed to be representative at geographic stratum level with the addition of 2 strata of refugee population. In other words, a separate sample was drawn in each stratum.
In order to report correctly at global level or using other aggregation levels, it is necessary to correct the different sampling probability of each household.
A household weighting system has to be calculated for running the analysis in SPSS (or other statisical software package). ALWAYS apply WEIGHTS in the analysis. As every household has the same weight in a particular stratum, weighting or not weighting for stratum level analysis does not make any difference. However, in order not to forget to weight households in other analyses and to report national averages, it is advisable to leave always the weight active.
Dates of Data Collection (YYYY/MM/DD)
Mode of data collection
Additional supervision was provided by the technical team which was comprised of staff from or affiliated to UBOS, WFP, FAO, Ministry of Health, FEWS NET, UNICEF, World Vision and Ministry of Agriculture. This supervision involved spot visits and, more often, providing technical back-stopping.
Type of Research Instrument
1. Household questionnaire covering basic household profile and food security (questions on demographics, education, housing, labour migration, agriculture and production, livestock, livelihoods, expenditure, market access, food consumption, shocks and coping, water and sanitation and assistance.)
2. Health and Nutrition questionnaire. Anthropometric measurements were taken from children 6 - 59 months. Weight and height measurements were taken from children using wooden height boards and UNICEF electronic Scale 890 – SECA. MUAC measurements were taken from mothers.
3. Community questionnaire (administered to leaders and key informants in each locality).
4. Markets and Traders questionnaire (covering key market points within each stratum).
A team of clerks received and recorded all questionnaires, specifically checking for completeness of the questionnaires, the number of questionnaires and enumeration areas completed against the expected per stratum and accuracy of the entries of the identification page of each datasheet.
Another team of clerks/editors carried out manual edit checks for systematic and other errors in recording or mis-recording that could be "captured by the eye" and fixed by consulting the relevant field editors and/or the provided checklist. The editors ensured that all the datasheets passed through to the data entry clerks were void of errors of a magnitude that would render a questionnaire unusable. The editing was done in batches of EAs per stratum. Altogether, a total of 7,271 household food security, 20,381 nutrition and health, 746 community and 379 trader questionnaires were returned. In addition, notes from 25 focus group discussions were also submitted from the field.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
World Food Programme. Uganda Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis Assessment 2008. Ref. UGA_2008_CFSVA_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from http://nada.vam.wfp.org/index.php/catalog on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping
World Food Programme
World Bank Development Data Group
The World Bank
Reviewed the metadata
Date of Production
Version 02 (February 2014). Edited version, the initial version (Version 01 - September 2009, DDI-UGA-WFP-CFSVA-2008-v1.0) of DDI was done by Amit Wadhwa (WFP).
Following DDI elements are edited, DDI ID, Study ID, and Abbreviation. External resources (questionnaires and report) are attached to the DDI.