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NutVal 4.0 Released!

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!

An Update on the Release of NutVal Version 4

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!

A New Release of NutVal

7 July 2013
We are pleased to let you know that a new version of NutVal is due for release in the autumn of this year.

NutVal Version 4 will feature:

  • New micronutrient requirements; RNI, taken from FAO/WHO (2004), will replace the currently used WHO (2000) Safe Levels of Intake. 
  • Nine additional nutrients will be included in the NutVal database and used in the analysis of nutrient adequacy. 
  • The age group categories currently provided in NutVal 2006 will be 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 will be calculated using values from FAO/WHO/UNU (2004). 
  • Additional food items that have been requested by users will be included. 
  • Data handling and the tracking database will be improved to allow the saving and recall of complete ration data. 
  • An online user manual will be developed and uploaded to nutval.net. This will be freely accessible to users and provide help in Word .doc or .pdf formats. 
 A flyer containing more information about the forthcoming release can be download here.