Nutrition

Nutrition Requirements

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides scientific advice on nutrient requirements to Member Countries and international bodies, including the Codex Alimentarius Commission. National and international agencies use this information for developing policies and programmes for actions to improve nutrition throughout the world. FAO activities on nutritional requirements include development of practical applications and tools for improving nutrition, such as nutrition labelling, training workshops and research related to nutrient requirements. 

FAO/WHO nutrient requirements for children aged 0–36 months:
Background and Public consultation

FAO and WHO have established an expert group on nutrient requirements which will update nutrient requirements for children aged 0 – 36 months.

As part of the process, FAO members and relevant stakeholders are invited to comment on key questions developed for updating requirements for Calcium, Vitamin D and Zinc. The public consultation will be open from 25 June to 31 July 2020.

For more information, read the full description.


The first committee on calorie (energy) requirements made a number of points which are still pertinent today. Among the most important were:

  • Requirements were intended for groups of persons rather than individuals, i.e., an average requirement can never be compared directly with an individual (requirement).
  • Judgement must be exercised in interpreting and using requirement values.
  • It is essential to address the practical applications of the requirements, a task assigned to the Secretariat.