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Adaptation and use of monitoring tools for assessing household level food access and dietary diversity

1 Mar 2006 13 Mar 2006
, Beira
, Africa - Southern, Mozambique

Summary

National consultants, with technical assistance from the FAO Nutrition Division, have adapted and pre-tested three simple monitoring tools for assessing household level food access and consumption:

- the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale developed by the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project (FANTA);

- the Household Dietary Diversity Score (adapted from FANTA); and

- an Individual Dietary Diversity Score for adult women.

Adaptation is done through interviews with key informants and focus groups and pre-testing is done through household interviews. Adaptation includes translation into local language. The activity is conducted in two distinct areas of a country. Once adapted, the tools can be used in early warning systems, as monitoring indicators for information systems, and for evaluating strategies and programmes.

Location

Target Audience

Staff from national institutions and ministries (at centralized and decentralized levels), universities, NGOs and international organizations involved in food security and nutrition assessment and monitoring.

Topic

Nutrition

Objectives

- assessment of the food security situation pertaining to food access and consumption.

- allow for a common interpretation among different locations within a country as well as across different countries.

Contacts

Ms. Marie Claude Dop
FAO, focal point for EC-FAO nutrition activities
Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06570 54864
E-mail: MarieClaude.Dop@fao.org

Ms. Terri Ballard
FAO consultant
Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06570 56704
E-mail: Terri.Ballard@fao.org

Ms. Amélie Solal-Céligny
FAO consultant
Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06570 56444
E-mail: Amelie.SolalCeligny@fao.org

Related Training

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This activity will also be conducted in Somalia and the West Bank.

Documents

Links

Agenda and list of participants

Report on the use of the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale and the Household Dietary Diversity Score in two survey rounds in Manica and Sofala Provinces, Mozambique, 2006-2007

Summary of Nutrition Activities in the EC-FAO Programme

Individual Dietary Diversity Score

Household Dietary Diversity Questionnaire

Household Food Insecurity Access Scale

Household Dietary Diversity Score (HDDS) for Measurement of Food Access: an Indicator Guide

Report of Pre-Test of Survey Instruments for Baseline Survey in Mozambique

Final Report - Baseline Survey in Manica and Sofala Provinces, Mozambique

Food And Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA)

The “Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction” programme is funded by the European Union with additional resources provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The programme is managed by FAO and collaborates with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP)”