Nutrition Education (NE) is an essential component of any attempt to improve the nutritional status of a country. But it has often been neglected in the past, and many countries do not currently have the capacity to carry out large scale and effective nutrition education programmes. As a first step towards improving country capacity for NE it is important to assess the existing situation.
This is what FAO did in their seven-country survey, carried out in 2011. The tools used in that survey are available here. They have been revised and adapted so that they can be used by any other body – government ministry, NGO or aid agency, university research department, National Nutrition Institute, professional association, civil society organisation – interested in assessing existing country capacity for nutrition education. The findings of such a survey can be a useful base for developing NE interventions or for advocating for better policies in this field.
Other survey tools
Examples of best practices in food and nutrition communication and education in the English-speaking Caribbean
This section contains the seven country surveys carried out by FAO in 2011 as part of the NEAC (Nutrition Education and Communication) Needs Analysis project. The surveyors used earlier versions of the tools available above.
These literature reviews were carried out as part of the NEAC needs assessment. The evidence of the functional value of NEAC and NEAC training is summed up in the two review documents. The final report gives an overview of the project up to June 2011, and summarizes the main findings of the literature reviews.