Development of NutVal 4.0


14 Feb 2012 - 1 Sep 2013


Emergency Nutrition Network

Principle Investigator

Andrew Seal


Andrew Seal
Nutrition in Crisis Research Group

The design of food assistance programmes that meet internationally agreed standards is a prerequisite for effective, safe, and cost-effective nutritional interventions.  However, the manual calculation of nutrient content can be extremely time consuming and prone to error.  NutVal is an Excel spreadsheet application used by UN and NGO agencies for the calculation of the nutrient content of food aid rations.  First developed by UNHCR in the 1990s, it has subsequently been updated by IGH in work funded by a series of small grants from WFP, UNHCR, UCL Futures, and the IASC Global Nutrition Cluster.

This project involved upgrading the application to include an expansion of the number of food items and range of nutrient data, improved age group selection options, and enhanced data storage and graphing.  In addition to this additional functionality, there the energy and micronutrient requirement targets used in NutVal were updated to take into account the most recent recommendations by WHO and FAO, and the Sphere Project. Work was completed on the revised version and it was released on-line in November 2014.

The application can be downloaded from