Measuring household food consumption: a technical guide. Revised ed.
Many private voluntary organizations (PVOs) are engaged in projects aimed at improving food security and household nutrition worldwide. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports many of these projects through the provision of Title II food aid to PVOs designated as “Cooperating Sponsors.” Increasingly Cooperating Sponsors (CS) are being asked to monitor and evaluate the impact of their interventions, and USAID is generating materials to help them in this process. USAID Missions, in collaboration with PVOs and technical staff from Regional and Central USAID Bureaus have identified a set of generic impact indicators for household food consumption, to facilitate the monitoring and reporting process. This technical guide was developed to systematize this information. It is based around the three impact indicators defined by the PL480 Title II program: increased number of eating occasions, increased dietary diversity and increased percentage of households consuming minimum daily caloric requirements. This guide demonstrates how to measure and quantify this information. (excerpt)