Step 1 – Overview of national and local context

Why this Step?

The purpose of this step is to look at existing information on the nutritional situation in the country where this tool is going to be used. Secondary data is important for background information and to understand rural people’s basic assumptions. Therefore, a careful review and assessment of the secondary data is necessary before fieldwork as it may be helpful in developing topics, sub-topics or checklists to be used in acquiring community information. The facilitating team must know what they are looking for and why they are in a village. Data that is available at national level, as well at local level (down to the lowest level possible) will be useful for this exercise.