Nutrition indicators for development

Reference Guide


Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
Montpellier, France.

Nutrition Planning, Assessment and Evaluation Service
Food and Nutrition Division
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
ROME 2005


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CHAPTER ONE: Introduction

CHAPTER TWO: General Principles

Nature of indicators

Indicators for assessing and analyzing the nutritional situation
Indicators for monitoring and evaluating nutrition programmes

Characteristics of indicators

Basic characteristics
Operational characteristics

Sources of information

Indicators available centrally
Indicators available at intermediate level
Indicators available only at peripheral level

Choosing indicators

The need for a reference conceptual framework
Required characteristics of indicators
Usefulness of a baseline

Collection and analysis

Collection methods
Principles of analysis

CHAPTER THREE: Indicators by sector

Nutritional status


Food security

Food availability
Access to food and food consumption at household level
Stability of food supplies

Care and caring capacity
Health and demography
Basic socio-economic indicators
Basic agro-ecological and sustainable environment indicators

CHAPTER FOUR: Conclusion