The manual has been written as a tool for program planners, experienced health professionals, and nutritionists wishing to measure intakes of iron and zinc and evaluate their adequacy in developing countries. The manual contains step-by- step protocols for training health and nutrition field workers in how to design a dietary protocol and to collect valid data on iron and zinc intakes. Emphasis is given throughout the manual to the importance of collecting the correct type of dietary information to accomplish the purposes of the study. Depending on the dietary protocol adopted, the dietary intake data obtained could be used to design nutrition intervention programs targeted at the most vulnerable groups (e.g., pregnant women), estimate the prevalence of inadequate intakes for developing national food policies (e.g., fortification), examine relationships between dietary indexes for iron and zinc and health and disease outcomes, and identify certain food patterns associated with inadequate intakes of iron and zinc so that effective nutrition education and food-based intervention programs can be planned.
HarvestPlus Technical Monograph 8. 160 pp.