The FAO/INFOODS e-Learning Course on Food Composition Data will contribute to close the knowledge gap on food composition of nutritionists and all those generating, compiling or using food composition data. The course aims at making learners aware of all important issues; nevertheless the course cannot provide the necessary experience to become a full-fledged food composition expert. This will only come with experience and when actually working with food composition data. However, if most nutritionists and professionals working with food composition data acquired the knowledge of this course, it would make a great difference in data quality, availability and use.

 10 hours
Publication Date:
 September 2013

The course is designed to be primarily used in universities, as it is important that future generations of nutritionists, food scientists, dieticians, chemists analysing food components, food composition data compilers, health professionals and agronomists appreciate food composition data and use them adequately in their respective fields to improve data quality, availability and usage worldwide. The course can also be used by self-learners interested in food composition, or in conjunction with food composition courses, or within institutes for capacity development in food composition.


The total curriculum consists of 14 lessons, ranging from approximately 25 to 65 minutes duration, grouped into 5 units:

Unit 1 Basic Principles of Food Composition Data

Unit 2 Food Description

Unit 3 Food Components

Unit 4 Quality Consideration

Unit 5 Compilation


International Network of Food Data Systems (INFOODS)

This course is provided by FAO and as trainee you will have to accept the user agreement contained in that course.