What can poverty maps tell us for food assistance programming?

Todd Benson
linking research and action: strengthening food assistance and food policy research -- ifpri/wfp brief

Poverty maps are easily used, easily understood, and objectively verifiable. Using them for politically sensitive decisions, such as where to locate food assistance projects, is likely more acceptable than basing such decisions on obscure and complex or subjective criteria. Coupled with timely information on the occurrence of events that increase the risk of households facing food shortages, poverty maps can be used to map vulnerability to food insecurity.