Welcome to the on-line home of NutVal, the spreadsheet application for planning and monitoring the nutritional content of general food aid rations.
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22 December 2014
We are pleased to let you know that a Power Point training presentation on using NutVal 4.0 is now available. The file can be downloaded via the Downloads page on this site. The presentation takes users through the main features found in 4.0 and includes exercises and answers to help people understand what NutVal can do and where to find the information they may require. It consists of 49 slides and is divided into two parts to facilitate the recommend half-way coffee break.
The presentation is designed for use with Microsoft Power Point 2010 and later versions. As ever, please do feedback on any suggestions for improvements.
NutVal 4.0 is now available for download from the downloads page.
The release of the new version has been a long time coming (!) but we hope you will find the new functions and extended databases useful in your food assistance work.
A big thank you to all the people who contributed to the development of this version by providing suggestions for improvements and/or beta testing earlier test versions. If you could please delete any test versions you may still have to avoid them escaping into the wild that would be great! Thanks.
NutVal 4.0 features:
- New micronutrient requirements taken from FAO/WHO (2004), have replaced the WHO (2000) Safe Levels of Intake used in version 3.
- Nine additional nutrients have been included in the NutVal database for use in the analysis of nutrient adequacy.
- Age group categories have been revised to make them more comprehensive, user-friendly, and consistent with age groups that are used in programme design. Energy requirements for the new age categories have been calculated using values from FAO/WHO/UNU (2004).
- Additional food items that have been requested by users have been included.
- Data handling and the tracking database have been improved to allow the saving and recall of complete ration data.
- New graphs for comparing different rations have been added.
- On-line training presentations are being developed and will uploaded to nutval.net soon.
Please continue to provide feedback and report any bugs so we can continue to improve NutVal for nutrition programming. Thanks!
As announced earlier this year, we were planning to release NutVal Version 4 this autumn. But, winter is upon us (in the northern hemisphere) and we are still, I am afraid, beta testing and sorting out a number of issues that have arisen during its development.
We had a lot of very useful comments and suggestions for inclusion in the new version but some of these have led to some technical challenges which have taken rather longer to overcome than anticipated. In addition, we are also working through how to deal with matching up the new requirement figures, based on FAO/WHO (2004) with the available guidance on tolerable upper limits - a rather more complicated issue than it may sound.
So, apologies for the delay and we are working hard on getting version 4 out to you as soon as we can in 2014. Lastly, to those who celebrate Christmas, season's greetings!