Nutrition Assessment

Nutrition assessment is the best way to determine whether or not people’s nutritional needs are effectively being met, once food is available and easily accessible.

Nutrition assessment provides timely, high-quality and evidence-based  information for setting targets, planning, monitoring and evaluating programmes aiming at eradicating hunger and reducing the burden of malnutrition.

Global and free access to country-level information on diet and nutrition informs decision making to achieve better nutrition for all.

The FAO Food and Nutrition Division provides expertise to support countries in collecting, harmonizing and disseminating high quality information on diet and nutrition. To this scope, we improve assessment tools; develop countries’ capacities to collect data; and work to develop a global web-based platform providing free access to country-specific nutrition information based on food consumption.

Learn more about our work and visit our sections on assessment tools, capacity development and food consumption database.


To improve nutrition assessment tools, capacities and practices in support of better nutrition, FAO partners with many key actors at national and international level. Currently, FAO is collaborating on nutrition assessment intiatives and projects with:

  • the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project (FANTA),
  • the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
  • the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC),
  • the World Health Organization,
  • the Statistical Agency under President of the Republic of Tajikistan (TAJSTAT),
  • the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD),
  • the World Food Programme,
  • the European Union,
  • Bioversity International.