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FSIN Technical Series No. 5: Measuring Shocks and Stressors as part of Resilience Measurement

The Food Security Information Network supports the development and harmonization of resilience measurement methods. In this context a resilience measurement technical working group (RM TWG) composed of renowned experts was constituted to lead the development of principles and a common analytical model for resilience measurement.

This paper elaborates on the concepts presented in Technical Series Nos. 1 and 2 regarding the definition, principles and proposed common analytical model for resilience measurement.

The report argues that, from an analytical perspective, resilience focuses attention on the relationship between well-being (e.g. food security, basic health and livelihood status), shocks and stressors, and the capacity to preserve and improve well-being in the face of shocks and stressors. It proposes that reliable measures of shocks and stressors are needed to determine the effectiveness of a given resilience approach. It also notes that resilience measurement demands robust ways to relate shocks and stressors to development outcomes, livelihoods, ecosystems and other systems.

The paper reviews a number of principles for measuring shocks, how people perceive shocks and how they respond to them. 

FSIN Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group
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