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FAO/WHO Global Individual Food consumption data Tool (FAO/WHO GIFT)

Currently, food availability data collected at national or household level are used by countries to develop food and agriculture policies and programmes. It would be more effective if individual food consumption data, taking into account age and gender dimensions, were also considered in the decision process.

The Nutrition and Food Systems Division of FAO (ESN), in partnership with the Information Technology Division (CIO), Statistics Division (ESS) and the Food Safety and Quality Unit (AGFF) of FAO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international partners, is building a pilot Global Individual Food consumption data Tool (FAO/WHO GIFT). This tool will be developed based on the needs of various stakeholders working in the field of nutrition and food safety at country, regional and global level.

Our ultimate goal is to collect, harmonize and disseminate data available at national and sub-national level all over the world through an FAO hosted web-platform. This platform, intended for use by both experts and the broader audience, aims to facilitate access to the microdata and to compute food-based indicators, such as average leafy vegetable consumption, main food sources of vitamin A or high levels of fish consumption, so that the data can be comparable between different population groups and geographical areas. In this connection, a food categorization system applicable at global level is also under construction in collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).