The Nutrition Country Profiles are comprehensive reviews describing the food and nutrition situations 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. These data come from the United Nations agencies' global data banks and national institutions. The data 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 are presented in an improved format which 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 nutritional status of the population. The new format will enhance the usefulness of the Nutrition Country Profiles as a reference tool for policy-makers. Profiles produced with the new format are: Niger, Chad, Ghana, Zambia and Mali.
Description of Indicators used in the Nutrition country profiles