Date 2022
Organisations WHO, World Health Organization
Resource Types Insight, Summary
Language English

Food systems and diets are changing everywhere and monitoring the healthfulness of diets at global and national levels is becoming increasingly important. Better measurement and monitoring are needed to support governments in establishing policies and programmes to promote healthy diets and assess the effectiveness of these actions.

There are critical gaps in global, regional, and national monitoring of characteristics and trends in diets. Currently, there are no harmonized metrics for tracking how diets around the world are evolving and the impact of these changes on human health and the environment.

In order to promote increased communication, coordination, and collaboration to accelerate progress toward identifying or developing a parsimonious set of metrics for global monitoring of healthy diets, a technical consultation was organized by the WHO-UNICEF Technical Expert Advisory Group on Nutrition Monitoring (TEAM) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with technical and logistical support from USAID Advancing Nutrition. Eighty-five expert participants representing a wide range of institutions, geographic areas, and roles in the data value chain, engaged in the consultation from 18–20 May 2021.

This report provides a summary of the consultation presentations, working group contributions, discussions and recommendations.

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