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Guidelines for Measuring Household and Individual Dietary Diversity

Authors: 
Gina Kennedy,
Terri Ballard,
MarieClaude Dop
Organizational Authors: 
European Union,
FAO
Year Published: 
2011

Obtaining detailed data on household food access or individual dietary intake can be time consuming and expensive, and requires a high level of technical skill both in data collection and analysis. Dietary diversity is a qualitative measure of food consumption that reflects household access to a variety of foods, and is also a proxy for nutrient adequacy of the diet of individuals. The dietary diversity questionnaire represents a rapid, user-friendly and easily administered low-cost assessment tool.

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