Project overview

 A geospatial system for WFP operations, enhancing targeting and prioritization decisions through user-friendly vulnerability profiling and analysis.

The problem

Geographic targeting, commonly used to identify areas needing assistance, often faces biases from outdated data. This can result in significant inclusion and exclusion errors when identifying those most vulnerable, adversely affecting the effectiveness and fairness of food assistance.

The solution

GeoTar is developing the Geospatial Vulnerability Framework (GVF) and Index (GVI) for improved geographic targeting. By considering climate change, agricultural capacity, service utilization and access, GeoTar creates detailed vulnerability maps for the lowest administrative levels without household data. This aims to enhance operational decisions in WFP country offices.

Casual labourers move bags of yellow split pea from a warehouse to a transporter’s truck in Kenya. Photo: WFP/Arete/Luke Dray


6.5 million
People reached in Afghanistan in 2023
Almost 50%
of the total targeted population were women
saved from efficiency gains
"Vulnerability analysis and mapping has deployed GeoTar in considering our December 2023 retargeting, as one of about 4 large piece of work (the others being household-level vulnerability estimations from previous rounds of the targeting, a shocks monitoring index, some previous household data we had at the district level in certain locations, and Area Offices’ more granular review) in the targeting process. The indices provided by GeoTar remain a good compass for us even beyond the targeting."
Moctar Aboubacar, Head of Research Assessment and Monitoring, Afghanistan country office

Meet the team

Kareem Sadik
Senior Targeting Analyst, Research, Asessment and Monitoring Division, HQ
Last updated: 14/03/2024