The Nutrition Country Profiles are
concise reviews describing the food and nutrition
situation in individual countries, with background
statistics on food-related factors such as agricultural
production, as well as selected health, demographic
and economic indicators. The outline of the profiles
follows the FIVIMS conceptual framework of food security
and nutrition, including indicators of immediate,
underlying and basic causes of malnutrition. The
data come from the United Nations agencies' global
data banks and from national institutions. They were
compiled and interpreted by national experts from
the countries in collaboration with nutritionists
from the Nutrition Planning, Assessment and Evaluation
Service of the Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division.
The most recent profiles present an improved
format : the content is more factual and
provides a larger number of standardized indicators.
The summary table offers a snapshot of the country
situation, including indicators for monitoring
achievement of Millennium Development Goals. A
new section, at the end of the profiles, describes
national policies and programmes for improving
the nutritional status of the population. The new
format will enhance the usefulness of the Nutrition
Country Profiles as a tool for policy-makers.
Profiles produced with the new format are : Niger, Chad, Ghana, Zambia and Mali. Users are encouraged
to provide comments and suggestions to further improve
the Nutrition Country Profiles. Comments may be sent
to : firstname.lastname@example.org.