Minimum dietary diversity for women (MDD-W)

  • Assessment
  • Diet


A dichotomous indicator of whether or not women 15 to 49 years of age have consumed at least five out of ten defined food groups the previous day or night. MDD-W is a food group diversity indicator that reflects one key dimension of diet quality-micronutrient adequacy- summarized across 11 micronutrients: vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, vitamin B-12, vitamin C, calcium, iron and zinc.


FAO (2021). Minimum dietary diversity for women: An updated guide to measurement-from collection to action, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.