This learning lab will equip participants with skills to calculate and interpret indicators for the overall cost of nutritious diets. Policies and programs are increasingly focused on making nutritious diet more affordable, at the times and places where people are most at risk of malnutrition. Previous work focuses on prices of individual foods, but new techniques use prices of many different foods to compute the overall cost of meeting dietary standards at each time and place. In this session we will use real data from Ghana, Tanzania and elsewhere to measure trends over time, seasonal fluctuations and spatial differences.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
ANH Academy members with professional interests in diet quality, dietary transition and food choice, and the use of market prices for policy analysis and program interventions.
Lecture and discussion, with handouts for hands-on calculation
Level and prerequisites
Introductory. Participants may wish to read these documents beforehand: Indicators and tools for the cost of nutritious diets, and Measuring the Affordability of Nutritious Diets in Africa: Price Indexes for Diet Diversity and the Cost of Nutrient Adequacy.