Topic outline

This course explains the concepts of food and nutrition, malnutrition, food security and livelihoods. Understanding these concepts is important to assess the nutrition situation, design and implement programmes, investments and policies that address nutrition problems (also called “nutrition-sensitive”), and evaluate the nutritional outcomes of programmes, investments and policies


The course is designed to assist professionals from a variety of sectors (agriculture, livestock, fisheries, health, rural development, education, social protection) that are involved in designing and implementing nutritionsensitive programmes, investments and policies. This includes professionals working for development partners (i.e. international organizations, donor agencies, non-governmental organizations), for national governments or as independent consultants.

  • Food and Nutrition related concepts and definitions.
  • Nutrient requirements and balanced diet.
  • Different forms of malnutrition.
  • Causes of malnutrition.
  • Food Security and Livelihoods.

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The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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    • Partners

      European Union (EU)