Summariers of publications of Nutrition and Health

Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women. A Guide to Measurement

Summary: This guide developed by FAO and FHI360 is describing how to measure dietary diversity of women at reproductive age. Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women is a validated indicator measuring diversity of food groups consumed from 1 to 10. Dietary diversity is a proxy indicator of micronutrient adequacy. It is a feasible metric which fills the need for measuring human diets in a feasible way. Such indicator is relatively simple to collect and suitable for both small and large surveys. At the household level, the proxy “Household Dietary Diversity Score” (HDDS), is a measure of economic access to food, and it is available in a separate guideline called “Guidelines for measuring household and individual dietary diversity “.

Type of publication: Guideline

Link to this publication: https://www.fantaproject.org/monitoring-and-evaluation/minimum-dietary-diversity-women-indicator-mddw

 

Publication: The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. Transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets.

Summary: This recent report complements the regular global assessment of food security and nutrition with projections of what the world may look like in 2030. The report also puts a spotlight on diet quality as a critical link between food security and nutrition.

Type of publication: Report

Link to this publication: http://www.fao.org/3/ca9692en/online/ca9692en.html

 

Publication: Nutrition and Food Systems. A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

Summary: This report draws on the previous HLPE reports, many of which are highly relevant to various aspects of food systems. As diversity is of paramount importance, short case studies illustrate a wide variety of practical experiences in different food systems and contexts. The report provides a set of action-oriented recommendations addressed to states and other stakeholders. The report emphasizes the need for context-specific solutions and highlights the need for consistent action at all levels. The authors hope to drive a policy change and inspire many stakeholders to progress towards more sustainable food systems and improved food and nutrition security.

Type of publication: Report

Link to this publication: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe/reports/en/

 

Publication: Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems: the many dimensions of culture, diversity and environment for nutrition and health

Summary:

This scientific book was developed by the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE) at McGill University, Canada, and the FAO. This book characterizes Indigenous food systems and their diversity, nutrition and health outcomes in 12 case studies of Indigenous Peoples in different parts of the world (Canada, Japan, Peru, India, Nigeria, Colombia, Thailand, Kenya, and the Federated States of Micronesia). This research and documentation show the strengths of the local traditional food systems, how people think about and use these foods, the influx of industrial and purchased food, and the consequences of the nutrition transition in indigenous communities. This research was completed with both qualitative and quantitative methods by Indigenous Peoples and their research collaborators.

Type of publication: Book

Link to this publication: http://www.fao.org/3/i0370e/i0370e00.htm

 

Publication: Supporting Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture through Neglected and Underutilized Species

Summary: Agrobiodiversity is a resource that supports human and environmental wellbeing. By this publication, IFAD supports better use of agrobiodiversity with specific reference to neglected and underutilized species (NUS), which is important for fighting food and nutrition insecurity, especially in the context of climate change.  It also promotes a greater recognition of the traditional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples associated with the use of NUS and wild edibles. These approaches have the potential to promote and enhance sustainable and nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA) and associated livelihood outcomes.

Type of publication: Operational Framework

Link to this publication: https://www.ifad.org/en/web/knowledge/publication/asset/41245090