Tools & Methods


Concepts and methods for food environment research in low and middle income countries

This technical brief from the ANH Academy Food Environment Working Group epresents a synthesis of the current debate on the development and application of food environment research in LMICs. The document presents a working definition, conceptual frameworks, methods and metrics, research gaps and key considerations for the future research.

Compendium of indicators for nutrition-sensitive agriculture

This compendium has been designed to support officers responsible for designing nutrition-sensitive food and agriculture investments, in selecting appropriate indicators to monitor if these investments are having an impact on nutrition (positive or negative) and if so, through which pathways.

Toolkit on nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems

The toolkit is an integrated package of guidance on how to design, implement, monitor and evaluate nutrition-sensitive food and agriculture policies and programmes. It is the result of a consultative process within FAO and with external partners, including development partners (in particular the World Bank and the European Commission), NGOs and academia.

CotD Practitioners Guide

The Practitioners Guide gives an overview of the methods and can be used as a "How to" guide after completing a CotD (Cost of the Diet) face to face training.

The Cost of the Diet is an innovative method and software developed by Save the Children UK to estimate the amount and combination of local foods that are needed to provide a typical family with a diet that meets their average needs for energy and their recommended intakes of protein, fat and micronutrients.

Reflection methods: Practical Guide

This Guide summarises methods that can be used to facilitate the process of reflection on the knowledge and experiences people acquire during a capacity development trajectory or learning process of a multi stakeholder partnership.

Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women. A Guide to Measurement

The Minimum Dietary Diversity for WRA (MDD-W) indicator defined and described in this document is a food group diversity indicator that has been shown to reflect one key dimension of diet quality: micronutrient adequacy, summarised across 11 micronutrients. The indicator constitutes an important step towards filling the need for indicators for use in national and subnational assessments. Such indicators must be relatively simple to collect and suitable for large surveys.

Preparing farmer groups to engage successfully with markets

The field guide aims to provide pointers for program managers and field staff on how to foster several skill sets crucial for preparing groups of poor farmers who are at a very early stage of engaging in markets and who aspire to successful agroenterprise development.

Guidelines for assessing nutrition-related KAP

Many KAP studies have been conducted by numerous researchers and institutions using a variety of approaches. In consequence, results of nutrition-related KAP surveys usually cannot be compared because of major differences in study design (quantitative, qualitative) and in how knowledge, attitudes and practices are defined and measured.

Microlinks/USAID Value Chain Development Wiki

These wiki pages codify good practice in value chain development, drawing from research conducted under the leadership of the USAID Microenterprise Development team by the ACDI/VOCA AMAP BDS consortium and many other contributing organizations, academics and institutions.

You can access the toolkit by clicking here.

Food and Nutrition Secuirty Information

Food and Nutrition Security Information (FNSI) is a critical tool for achieving food and nutrition security, yet FNSI efforts to date have not produced the intended impacts on policy and program decision making, largely due to shortcomings in available technologies and frameworks.