This short 35-minute module addresses the basic terms and concepts relating to food and nutrition, malnutrition, food security and livelihoods. By the end of this module, you will be able to define and differentiate these key concepts and understand the different situations that they encompass. Understanding these concepts is indeed very important in order to be able to assess the nutrition situation, to design and implement programmes, investments and policies that address nutrition problems (also called "nutrition-sensitive"), and to evaluate the nutritional outcomes of programmes, investments and policies.

The online version of this course is a pre-release version. Please be aware that course progress will be lost when changing computer or browser.


35 minutes

Publication Date:

August 2015


The module is designed to assist professionals from a variety of sectors (agriculture, livestock, fisheries, health, rural development, education, social protection...) that are involved in shaping and implementing nutrition-sensitive programmes, investments and policies. This includes professionals working for development partners (i.e. international organizations, donor agencies, NGOs), for national governments or as independent consultants.


This module covers the following concepts:

  • Food and Nutrition
  • Malnutrition
  • Food Security and Livelihoods

European Union (EU)

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