N4G Summit Side Event: Tools for monitoring diet quality across countries
byAnna Herforth
Webinar or Seminar
| Nutrition, Food Systems
Date and Time
From: 9 December 2021, 15:00
To: 9 December 2021, 16:30
GMT Greenwich Mean Time GMT
Country: Italy
Open Full Event DQQ_N4G side event


The measurement of diet quality is essential to provide information for improving diet quality globally, and to monitor progress toward that goal. Poor diet quality is a major factor in all forms of malnutrition.

This event is the official launch of a set of over 100 country-adapted diet quality questionnaires (DQ-Q) that enable diet quality monitoring by countries and programmes. Each country-specific DQ-Q is fully adapted and ready to implement. The DQ-Q takes five minutes to implement and requires no specialized training, greatly reducing barriers to the collection of diet quality data in national surveys. The DQ-Q is used to derive several indicators of diet quality related to malnutrition in all its forms, including the minimum dietary diversity for women (MDD-W) and dietary risk factors for NCDs.



Moderator: Diana Carter, FAO

Introductory remarks

  • Leonard Mizzi, DG INTPA, European Commission
  • Roswitha Amels, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany

Presentation of the country-adapted DQ-Qs

  • Anna Herforth, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & WUR, USA

Discussants: Implementation in global multi-topic surveys

  • Andrew Rzepa, Gallup, Inc., UK
  • Rukundo Benedict, Demographic and Health Surveys, USA

Discussants: Use of the DQ-Q at national level

  • Paulina Addy, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana
  • Esi Amoaful, Ministry of Health, Ghana
  • Musonda Mofu, National Food and Nutrition Commission, Zambia
  • Đỗ Thị Phương Hà, National Institute of Nutrition, Vietnam

Discussants: Enabling data collection at scale, aligned with priorities to promote healthy and sustainable diets

  • Roy Steiner, The Rockefeller Foundation, USA
  • Nancy Aburto, FAO, Italy
  • Francesco Branca, WHO, Switzerland

ANH2021 Learning Lab
Collecting dietary data using country-adapted 5 min survey module (DQ-Q) 


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