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Food Consumption Score (FCS)

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The Food Consumption Score (FCS) is the most commonly used food security indicator by WFP and partners, including UNHCR. This indicator is a composite score based on households’ dietary diversity, food consumption frequency, and relative nutritional value of different food groups. The FCS is calculated by asking how often households consume food items from the 8 different food groups (plus condiments) during a 7-day reference period.  In addition to this, the FCS module collects data on sources of the consumed foods acquired by households. Information on how to collect, calculate and analyze the FCS can be found on the WFP VAM Resource Centre.