World Food Map to be biggest worldwide inventory of what people eat

The Global Diet Quality Project will create a World Food Map that brings together and visualizes insights on food patterns from all over the world in a large, inclusive effort.

The data for the World Food Map, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, comes from The Global Diet Quality Project (, which has developed both the data and tools to enable routine, valid and comparable diet data collection across countries. The questions capture consumption information for 29 food groups, including both healthy and unhealthy foods. The primary tool is the diet quality questionnaire (DQQ), and to build country-specific DQQs, the project team sought input from people in each of 104 countries to identify the most common foods in each place. 

The World Food Map, to be created by 2023 using the DQQ data, will display this information in an engaging, interactive format – enabling viewers to visit each country virtually to find out what is eaten there. It will be accompanied by food composition data from the Periodic Table of Food Initiative. These data will provide important insights for culturally appropriate ways to improve diet quality.


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