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close this bookC.I.S.F.A.M.: Consolidated Information System for Famine Management in Africa - Phase One Report (Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters - World Health Organisation, 1987, 33 p.)
close this folderCHAPTER 2: CISFAM: An Experimental Information System
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View the document2.1. Background and Rationale
View the document2.2. Typology and Framework
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View the document2.4 Data Source Agencies and Negotiations

2.4 Data Source Agencies and Negotiations

Since the system is not designed to create any new sources of information, efforts have been made to avoid duplication with existing systems. The project has reviewed the existing data-banks and information systems of the UN agencies and allied bodies. Efforts are made to use CISFAM as means to enhance the utilization of these databases, especially by users in developing countries. These sources of information and databases are little known and even less utilized by most of the targeted audience. A very small proportion of the potential users showed any knowledge of the UN systems databases and fewer acknowledged ever requesting or receiving any information from them.

The project has established working relations with the following agencies:

- Food and Agricultural Organisation,
- United Nations Disaster Co-ordination Office,
- World Meteorological Organisation,
- United Nations Environmental Program,
- Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS),
- Global Resources Information Database (GRID),
- World Food Program,
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,
- European Commission,
- World Bank,
- World Health Organisation and its internal departmental data collections,
- Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta,
- Office de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique d’Outre-Mer (ORSTOM), France, as well as: Mcins Sans Frontis, (Belgique,) Laboratoire International de Calcul et d’Intelligence Artificielle (LICIA), Paris, International Statistical Institute, The Hague.

Discussions with these agencies centred around the access of data for the demonstration module of CISFAM and the possibility of establishing co-operative linkages between CISFAM and their respective data-banks and information systems as well as for the feeding, procurement and consultancy services for CISFAM. Some agencies, moreover, expressed the view that CISFAM could actually enhance the utilization of their existing information system by becoming their “First link” with the users of their information services.

Plate 1: UNEP/GRID AFRICAN DATABASE - Desertification Hazard