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Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women: A Guide to Measurement

The Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women (MDD-W) indicator acts as a tool for assessment, target-setting, and advocacy. MDD-W is a dichotomous indicator of whether or not women 15-49 years of age have consumed at least five out of ten defined food groups the previous day or night. The proportion of women 15–49 years of age who reach this minimum in a population can be used as a proxy indicator for higher micronutrient adequacy, one important dimension of diet quality. MDD-W can be generated from population-based surveys.

Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA III) Project & The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, April 2016