Topic outline

This course has been designed to explain how to use the Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women (MDD-W) indicator, with a view to contributing to improved diets among nutritionally vulnerable women of reproductive age.


This course is primarily intended for members of institutions and organizations whose (nutrition-sensitive or nutrition-specific) work has pathways aiming to improve dietary diversity, as well as for people with an interest in the process, including:

  • Policy-advisors
  • Programme officers
  • Statistics officers
  • Academics and researchers
  • UN agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations

  • The importance of simple, gender-sensitive, food-based indicators, such as MDD-W, to assess nutrition-related outcomes.
  • How to use MDD-W to identify vulnerable groups of women.
  • The skills needed to collect, analyse and interpret MDD-W data.

The course consists of 4 lessons, ranging from approximately 25 minutes to 35 duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction to MDD-W
  • Lesson 2 - The food groups and data collection methods
  • Lesson 3 - Field work preparation
  • Lesson 4 - MDD-W calculation and presentation

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          Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),