The Food Systems Dashboard (FSD) is an online, interactive data portal that acts as a hub for open access food systems data led by a consortium comprised of GAIN and Johns Hopkins University that aims to provide high-quality, relevant, and action-oriented information to multiple audiences, including country governments and international organizations investing in or managing food systems programs. However, at present, the FSD does not contain indicators related to food safety, nor are food safety indicators well represented in other food and nutrition dashboards (e.g., the Global Nutrition Report or the World Bank's Health, Nutrition and Population Dashboard). To address the gap of food safety data within the FSD, this study sought to:
- Identify and classify indicators relevant to national food safety system functioning;
- Assess the availability and quality of data sources that could be used to populate the identified indicators in the context of potential inclusion in the FSD; and
- Develop and illustrate a systematic quantitative scheme to evaluate indicators against FSD’s inclusion criteria, to formally evaluate the potential for indicators to be included in the FSD.