Improving the Relevance and Reliability of Food Data from Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys

Rome, Italy

The World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics organized a joint workshop that took place in Rome, Italy in November 2014. This workshop was part of a broader work program with the ultimate objective to develop, validate and promote scalable standards for the measurement of food consumption in household surveys. The workshop brought together a multidisciplinary group of experts, including statisticians, nutritionists, and economists, and focused on five methodological areas: food acquisition versus consumption, individual versus household consumption, choice of recall period, length and specificity of the food list, and collecting data on food eaten away from home.