Home to one-quarter of humanity—one-fifth of whom are youth—South Asia has the world’s largest concentration of poverty and malnutrition (1–3). Despite producing one-quarter of the world’s consumed food...
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This research note presents findings on the availability of diet-related data in publicly available population-based surveys conducted in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan in the last decade. It is intended to be used by researchers and policymakers to understand the data landscape and identify measurement priorities for future surveys.
Data on diets for older children and adolescents are captured less frequently than for younger children and women of reproductive age.
Data are mostly available on food group consumption and for infants and young children; data on consumption of unhealthy foods is poor.
Few surveys capture quantity of foods consumed; estimating nutrient intake from population-based surveys is therefore not possible.
Only Bangladesh currently has large-scale publicly available and repeated rounds of data on dietary intakes for multiple age groups.
Dietary data are essential to shape public policy on nutrition; financial and technical investments are needed to scale up data availability in South Asia.
|Year of publication|
|Geographic coverage||Southern AsiaPakistanNepalBangladeshIndia|
07 Feb 2023
|Related organisation(s)||IFPRI - International Food Policy Research Institute|
|Knowledge service | Metadata||Global Food and Nutrition Security | Nutrition |DietDietary surveyFood consumptionHealthy diet|
|Digital Europa Thesaurus (DET)||sample surveyhouseholdchilddata collectiondesign methodology|
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