The Zambia Food Consumption Survey was undertaken to provide the critical body of evidence that policy makers and program designers need in order to make informed decisions about effective investments to reduce deficiencies of vitamins and minerals in Zambia. Such decisions will result in substantial contributions to efforts being made to assist Zambians in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The survey was carried out in Northern and Luapula Provinces.

Food consumption was measured using the 24-hour recall method with duplicate measurements on a subset of the sample to allow estimation of usual intake. The survey also included an interview to collect background information on dietary habits, socio-demographic status and lifestyle, and the collection of a blood sample to assess haematological and biochemical indices of nutritional status.  

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