Learning Lab: Calculating the cost and affordability of a healthy diet
byANH Academy
Academy Week Learning Lab
| Economics, Nutrition
Date and Time
From: 20 June 2022, 15:30
To: 20 June 2022, 17:30
BST British Summer Time GMT+1:00
Country: United Kingdom
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Level: Introductory



The Cost of a Healthy Diet, and the number of people who cannot afford a healthy diet, will be reported annually alongside other traditional food security monitoring indicators by the UN State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World reports. In this session, we share the methods for calculating this indicator and sub-metrics (including estimating the cost of each food group), and offer newly-developed tools for participants to calculate the Cost of a Healthy Diet from their own price datasets. This session mirrors training courses for the World Bank and national governments, currently under development within the Food Prices for Nutrition project.

Learning Lab Slides and Activity materials:

  1. Overview - Cost of Healthy Diets (Slides)
  2. Subnational Monitoring of Cost of Healthy Diet in Nigeria (Slides)
  3. See below the files used for our exercise during the workshop, where we learned how to import food price data into into the Food Prices for Nutrition software, and match foods items to generic food categories -- all key steps to calculating the Cost of a Healthy Diet indicator in your country or context. 
Preparatory materials:


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