Capacity development

FAO is actively supporting regional and country capacities to shape food systems that enable healthy diets. Developing appropriate food systems policies and actions entails improving governments' and non-State actors' capacities for carrying out the necessary actions. To achieve this goal, FAO has developed a Capacity Development Roadmap in support of the revised Vision and Strategy for FAO's Work in Nutrition (FAO's Nutrition Strategy). The Roadmap will steer the capacity development activities by addressing current gaps and leveraging opportunities. To know more about the Capacity Development Roadmap and its implementation click here.

Main resources by thematic area

FAO has developed a series of technical papers, policy briefs, manuals, e-learning courses, webinars and videos to assist partners in the design and implementation of appropriate, informed and coherent food systems policies and actions.

Click on the thematic areas to know more about our capacity development resources and publications.


Dietary assessment
02 July 2018
Section: Nutrition assessment

This manual aims to signpost for the users the best way to measure food and nutrient intakes and to enhance their understanding of the key features, strengths and limitations of various methods. It also highlights a number of common methodological...

Section: Food composition

In December 2016, FAO and WHO convened an International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition, gathering delegates from 90 UN Member States representatives of intergovernmental organizations, private-sector entities, civil society organizations, academia/research organizations and producer...

Section: Food composition

These key messages are the culmination of three days of discussions, sharing of experience and reflection by over 600 people who participated in the International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition co-convened by the Food...

Section: Food composition

To make full use of available food biodiversity to enhance the nutritional status of populations, a better understanding of food biodiversity information in dietary intake is required. Co-published with Bioversity International, these pioneering guidelines will facilitate the adaptation of existing...

Section: Food composition

Food labelling is useful tool to protect consumer health and to prevent fraudulent practices. The handbook explains the general principles and good practices for food labelling, including international standards for labelling.