Topic outline

This course is part of a series of e-learning modules on Nutrition and Food Systems which aims to develop capacities for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating nutrition-sensitive food and agriculture policies, strategies, plans and programmes. It will guide you through the steps of a nutrition situation analysis. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify all the information required to conduct a nutrition situation analysis, know where to get this information, and understand how to analyse it to make sense of the situation.


The course is designed for staff working in a wide range of organizations including national governments, regional organizations, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), research institutes, universities, development agencies, and private sector.

  • The reasons why a nutrition situation analysis is needed before designing a nutrition-sensitive project or programme.
  • How to identify nutritional problems and trends in a given area.
  • How to determine the causes of malnutrition.
  • How to analyse policies, programmes and stakeholders to understand the context.

The course is organized in three main steps:

  • Step 1: Understand nutritional problems and trends
  • Step 2: Determine causes of malnutrition
  • Step 3: Analyse policies, programmes and stakeholders

 The course uses a scenario-based approach. You will be given the mission of conducting a nutrition situation analysis in a country, using all the information provided throughout the course, which will allow you to build your final report. The course will offer you guidance and tips to accomplish your mission, as well as a series of job aids and resources - such as guiding questions, information sources, indicators, and methodologies for data collection and analysis.

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

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

Digital certification

This course offers certification. You will get your digital badge upon passing a final exam after completing the course and achieving a grade of at least 75%. Please click on the button below to complete the exam, or refer to our Certification section to learn more.

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