The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has launched a free e-Learning course to improve the collection, management, analysis and dissemination of food security information from around the world.
The online course, Nutritional Status Assessment and Analysis is launched in meeting in Rome of the Committee of World Food Security (CFS) with representatives from 137 countries. The course is composed of three lessons, which cover the basic concepts of malnutrition, describe how nutritional status is assessed, and identify the most commonly used nutrition indicators as well as criteria for selecting indicators in specific situations. The program also provides an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the main sources of nutritional status information and promotes an integrated analysis of the nutrition situation through an understanding of the underlying causes of malnutrition. FAO also launched other e-Learning courses, 'Reporting Food Security Information' and 'Food Security Information Systems and Network'.