EC, FAO release new e-learning course
Covers nutritional status assessment and analysis
9 May 2007, Rome – As representatives of 137 countries gathered in Rome this week to assess progress in reducing world hunger during a meeting of the Committee of World Food Security (CFS), FAO announced the release of an e-learning course aimed at improving the collection, management, analysis and dissemination of food security information.
The course – "Nutritional Status Assessment and Analysis" – was produced with support from the European Commission as part of the EC-FAO Food Security Information for Action Programme and is available free of charge: http://www.foodsecinfoaction.org/dl.
The course is composed of three lessons, which cover the basic concepts of malnutrition, describe how nutritional status is assessed, and identify the most commonly used nutrition indicators as well as criteria for selecting indicators in specific situations. It also provides an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the main sources of nutritional status information and promotes an integrated analysis of the nutrition situation through an understanding of the underlying causes of malnutrition.
Each lesson is delivered in an interactive self-paced dynamic learning environment, which uses illustrated step-by-step instructions and exercises. Job aids, methodological guidelines and case studies that demonstrate real life applications of the concepts and procedures being taught are included with the lessons. The course also has resources for trainers, including trainers’ and learners’ notes, slide presentations, exercises and supplementary materials.
Other e-learning courses currently available are "Reporting Food Security Information" and "Food Security Information Systems and Networks". Future courses will cover topics such as food availability, access and livelihoods; markets; vulnerability; baseline and collaborative assessments; sharing and building knowledge; and advocacy. A French language version of each course will be available in the near future.
The EC-FAO Food Security Information for Action Programme provides 20 countries subject to chronic food insecurity, protracted crises or undergoing rapid economic transformation with the technical assistance and tools to obtain high-quality, timely food security information for more effective anti-hunger policies.
Hunger reduction commitments unmet
“Today, when viewed globally, enough food is produced to feed the world’s entire population. It is tragic, therefore, that despite this progress, there are some 854 million undernourished people in the world, of which 820 million are in developing countries,” said FAO Deputy Director-General David Harcharik in his address to the CFS.
“Worse yet,” he added, “the number keeps going up, not down, despite the commitments made at the two World Food Summits.”
The committee will assess the world food security situation and progress in achieving the hunger reduction targets set by the World Food Summit and UN Millennium Development Goals. It will also look at the challenges and opportunities associated with food aid, as well as key issues concerning bioenergy and food security. The meeting will also review lessons learned from special, national and regional programmes for food security, as well as progress made by the International Alliance Against Hunger.
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