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Zambia Food Consumption and Micronutrient Survey 2008


General Info
Original or alternative title 
FCMS 2008
Zambia (ZMB)
Luapula, Northern
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2008 - 12/2008
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Rural only

The purpose of the Zambia Food Consumption Survey was to assess the macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies in rural populations of the country. The cross-sectional rural study focused on children 6 to 59 months old and women 15 to 49 years old in the Northern and Luapula Provinces in 2008.
Food consumption was measured using the 24-hour recall method and interviews were conducted to collect information on dietary habits, sociodemographic status and lifestyle. Blood samples were also drawn to determine serum ferritin, zinc, folate, vitamin B12, retinol, C-reactive Protein (CRP) and Alpha-1-acid Glycoprotein (AGP). The sample size was 213 children and 222 women in Luapula and 367 children and 378 women in the Northern Province.