Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

Bridget Holmes


Dear HLPE e-consultation team,

Thank you for organising this open e-consultation on the scope of the CFS HLPE report ‘Data collection and analysis tools for food security and nutrition’.

Please kindly find below comments provided on behalf of Mr. José Rosero Moncayo, Director, Statistics Division (ESS), and Ms. Nancy Aburto, Deputy Director and Responsible Officer, Food and Nutrition Division (ESN), of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy.

The FAO Statistics Division (ESS) and the FAO Food and Nutrition Division (ESN) are embarking on an innovative joint effort to harmonize the processing of dietary data, to increase the dissemination, and improve utilization of food availability, food consumption, and diet quality statistics and indicators. This initiative will bring together, for the first time, data from (a) individual food consumption surveys from the FAO/WHO Global Individual Food consumption data Tool (FAO/WHO GIFT), (b) the diet diversity indicator Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women (MDD-W), (c) Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys, (d) Supply Utilization Accounts, and (e) Food Balance Sheets; and disseminate them through a common “Food and Diet” domain on FAOSTAT. Some additional innovative aspects of this platform include the establishment of common language and methods for data analysis that create bridges among statisticians, economists and nutritionists interested in these data, as well as the provision of guidance to data users on the interpretation, comparison and use of dietary data and statistics from various sources for guiding evidence-based decisions in agriculture, food security and nutrition.

The project team would welcome the opportunity to share further on the above initiative which we believe is highly relevant to the CFS HLPE consultation.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information if needed.

Your sincerely,

Bridget Holmes