Nutrition

Nutrition Landscape Information System (NLiS)

Bringing together all existing WHO Global Nutrition Databases dynamically, as well as other existing food and nutrition-related data from partner agencies, NLIS is a web-based tool which provides nutrition and nutrition-related health and development data in the form of automated country profiles and user-defined downloadable data. Data presented in the country profiles are structured by the UNICEF conceptual framework for causes of malnutrition and intend to give an overview snapshot of a country's nutrition, health, and development at the national level.

NLIS draws data for the country profiles from available databases. Sources include the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Statistics Division, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), the World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the International Labour Organization (ILO). More recent data might be available from other sources, including in-country sources.

  • Country Profile
    Data presented in the country profiles are intended to give an overview snapshot of a country's nutrition, health, and development landscape at the national level. Key nutrition and nutrition-related indicators are organized around the following areas: child malnutrition including low birth weight, maternal malnutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, health services, food security, caring practices, commitment, capacity, and meta-indicators which describe general conditions and contextual factors that affect how nutrition actions may impact. Read more about each indicator in the NLIS Country Profile Indicators Interpretation Guide. The country profiles are printable in a two-page PDF format to serve as advocacy tools.
  • Search Data
    In this user-defined customized data function, selected indicators from the WHO Global Nutrition Databases can be viewed and generated in an Excel spreadsheet for download

Food safety databases

The WHO Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses maintains a number of databases to facilitate data access to experts and food safety professionals. The GEMS Food Consumption contains supranational food cluster diets. FAO/WHO Chronic individual food consumption database – Summary statistics (CIFOCOss) contains individual consumption data by country and by food category.

Related document

  • NLIS Country Profile Indicators Interpretation Guide
    The Guide covers all indicators in the country profile.
    For each indicator, the following aspects are addressed:
    1. What does this indicator tell us?
    2. How is it defined?
    3. What are the consequences/implications?
    4. Source and further reading
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Contact information:

Nutrition Policy and Scientific Advice Unit (NPU)
WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD)
Geneva, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 791 4156
E-mail: NPUinfo@who.int