UN Food and Agriculture Organization: The Family Nutrition Guide

    | June 9, 2014

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    The Family Nutrition Guide is a practical tool that aims to improve the feeding and nutrition of families in developing countries.

    The guide is written primarily for health workers, nutritionists, agricultural extensionists and other development workers who work with people at the community level. It should also be useful for mothers and other caregivers who want to know more about feeding the family.

    The guide is divided into 11 topics, including: basic nutrition, family food security, meal planning, food hygiene and the special feeding needs of children, women and men, and of people who are old, sick and malnourished.

    Each topic section can be used to prepare various nutrition education materials and activities − face-to-face education sessions with families and other community-level groups; print material or material for other media (such as radio talks); or training material for staff in different sectors who deal with family nutrition.

    The nutrition facts on each topic are complemented by suggestions for people working directly with families and community groups. These suggestions cover the steps needed to prepare an educational session, encourage participation and make the session more fun.

    The guide is available to download in English at this link: http://www.fao.org/3/a-y5740e.pdf