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Seasonality - IDDS

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Sabine Triemer

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19 Nov 2014, 13:40

Given the seasonality (and changing dietary patterns) I wonder when would be the right moment to assess and monitor the IDDS? Thanks in advance for your advice.

Mark Myatt

Consultant Epideomiologist

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19 Nov 2014, 14:39

This is a very difficult question to answer without contextual information.

I would start by making a seasonal calendar as is done in SQUEAC (and other methods). I would (for this question) concentrated on "crops and produce", "staple food prices", and "food availability" calendars and locate low and high diversity times of years. I would then confirm this with a second round of interviews. I'd then plan to assess diversity in the period when I expected least diversity but you may want to assess diversity at expect lowest and highest diversity. I'd also look to assessing hunger (HHS) and anthropometry at the same time.

Take a look at this guideline from the EU and FA0.

I hope this helps

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