Fill the Nutrient Gap Lao PDR - Summary Report, September 2017
“Fill the Nutrient Gap” (FNG), is a situation analysis and decision-making tool developed by the World Food Programme (WFP) with inputs from the University of California, Davis; the International food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Epicentre; the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Harvard University; and Mahidol University. It identifies context-specific strategies for improving nutritional intake of vulnerable populations, especially during the first 1,000 days.
FNG uses secondary data review and linear programming analysis to understand a country or region’s nutrition situation, compare the potential impact of interventions, and identify programme and policy entry points to ensure consumption of an adequately nutritious diet.
The FNG process in Lao PDR was led by the National Nutrition Committee (NNC) Secretariat and Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion, Ministry of Health (MoH) from February 2017. In collaboration with WFP, MoH staff were trained in the FNG methodology and collected market price data for the Cost of the Diet (CotD) study.
Additional key national stakeholders (outlined below) were engaged to define the scope of the analysis, provide and consolidate secondary data and provide input into the CotD analysis.