Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women (MDD-W) Guide

Health, Nutrition, M&E
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Resource Publication Date:
April, 2016
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The new MDD-W is a dietary diversity indicator that measures the proportion of women 15-49 years of age who consumed food from at least five out of ten defined food groups the previous day or night. Dietary diversity indicators measured at the individual level reflect an important dimension of diet quality and are associated with micronutrient adequacy of diets. MDD-W can be used as a proxy for diet quality in national and sub-national assessments, target-setting, and comparative assessment. The guide, published by the FAO and supported by the EU and USAID's FANTA project, provides detailed information and guidance on how to implement and apply MDD-W. It is the culminationation of many years’ work through the Women's Dietary Diversity Project (rounds 1 and 2), stakeholder consensus meetings, and country-based research.

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