Methods, Tools and Indicators

Find a selection of the most relevant methods, tools and indicators that are useful for a food and nutrition practitioner and/or decision maker.

Back

Using Harmonized Individual Quantitative Food Consumption Data

An introduction to the FAO/WHO Global Individual Consumption Data (GIFT) Tool

6 March 2018 - 09:00 DC | 15:00 Rome (English)

Many policymakers and programme managers rely on food availability data referring to the national or household level. While important, these data are not sufficient to assess the nutritional adequacy of the diet among different population groups, such as adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women, small children, adult men, etc. Individual food consumption data are being collected in many countries, including low and middle income countries. However, the data produced are largely underutilized, due to poor dissemination and a lack of data harmonization, preventing comparisons across periods of time, seasons and geographic locations. 

The FAO/WHO Global Individual Food consumption data Tool (FAO/WHO GIFT) is a consolidated online database of individual quantitative food consumption data from around the world. It includes open-source data on simple, yet accurate, food-based indicators, derived from sex and age-disaggregated data, with a view to informing nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food policies. Data provided by FAO/WHO GIFT can also be utilized in food safety risk analysis.

As part of the UN Network webinar series, conducted in collaboration with the World Bank’s SecureNutrition, this webinar will present the concepts underlying the development of FAO/WHO GIFT and guide participants through the use of the platform, including its inventory map and the available datasets. 

The webinar will be held on 6 March (English), 12 March (Spanish) and 13 March (French) respectively.
Register at EN, FR and SP. Additional information about the tool is available here.

Nutrition News – Issue 3, 2019 In an effort to present nutrition related news at the global and country level, UNSCN and the UNN Secretariats are teaming up to produce the first comprehensive overview of recent developments…
IAEA’s Nutritional and Health-Related Environmental Studies Newsletter – August 2019 edition The 10th Nutritional & Health-related Environmental Studies Newsletter features the following articles. Meeting & News Scientists converge in Kingston, Jamaica to learn how to assess gut…
Urban-Rural Linkages: Guiding Principles and Framework for Action to Advance Integrated Territorial Development In many countries, the link between rural and urban areas is an increasingly important area of focus for sustainable development. There is also general agreement that any development of urban,…
Call for papers: Advancing Healthy Food Environments for Sustainable Diets Deadline for submission: 14 February 2020 Call for Papers for a new Special Issue in the journal Foods titled, "Advancing Healthy Food Environments for Sustainable Diets in a Changing…
Call for experts for updating FAO/WHO recommendations on nutrient requirements for children aged 0 –36 months BACKGROUND The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition, 2016 – 2025 (Nutrition Decade) which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as…