Community Food System Data Tables


Nayakrishi & Mog study sitesThis field study was carried out in the area of the Badarkhali Union of Chokoria Thana & Shaplapur Union of Maheshkhali Thana in Cox's Bazar District. Cox's Bazar is located in the southern costal area of Bangladesh, north of the Bay of Bengal. The community of interest within the Badarkhali union was the Nayakrishi and within the Shaplapur union it was the Mog (Rakhine) community.

(Map of Cox’s Bazar District*; Map from:

The research partners carrying out the research were affiliated with UBINIG, an NGO based in Dhaka and their names are given below:


  • Farhad Mazhar
    Managing Director UBINIG

Principal Researcher & Investigator

  • Farida Akhtar
    Executive Director UBINIG

Associate Researcher & Case Study Manager

  • Dr Salek Ahmed
    Health & Nutrition Research Coordinator UBINIG

Field Investigators

  • Team Leader
    • Rafiqul Hoque Titu
      Project Coordinator UBINIG Cox’s Bazar Centre
  • Members
    • Parveen Akhter
    • Alice Parveen
    • Adhirchondro Das
    • Shamsun Nahar
    • Salma Begum
    • Rokeya Khanom
    • Sohel Ahmed

Scientific Analysis

  • Prof. Quazi Salamatullah, Director
    Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS), Dhaka University
  • Mr Nazrul Islam, Analyst
    INFS, Dhaka University

Computer Compose & Design

  • Rushia Begum

Notes on food groups

Users should be aware that the data presented here do not represent absolute values. The purpose of this publication is to present a true reflection of the usual composition of foods as available and/or consumed among Nayakrishi community members. This is a living document and nutrient information will be added and/or updated when available.

This section of the UBINIG report provides information on approximately 153 foods consumed by these communities. All other information was gathered by focus group discussion and individual interviews.

The foods are divided into five food groups:

  1. Nayakrishi/Mog Datatables: Vegetables and Leafy Vegetables (Shaks)
  2. Nayakrishi/Mog Datatables: Fruit
  3. Nayakrishi/Mog Datatables: Cereals, Grains and Pulses
  4. Nayakrishi/Mog Datatables: Meats
  5. Nayakrishi/Mog Datatables: Fish and Seafood

To identify these foods as being poor, moderate or high in a certain nutrient, the nutrient profile of these foods was compared against a set of foods known to be good sources of nutrients and named “Reference foods”.

The following criteria were used to classify these foods as poor, moderate or good source:

  • Poor source furnishes <25% of a particular nutrient of a reference food
  • Moderate source furnishes between 25% - 70% of a particular nutrient of a reference food
  • Good source furnishes >70% of a particular nutrient of a reference food

You may want to click here for information on Reference foods.

Notes on food components

There are approximately 15 to 18 components in the main body of the tables, which are presented in a fixed format for each record. The order of presentation is based on major nutrients categories. Due to financial constraints, the nutrient analyses of only 30 foods were carried out by the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science laboratory (INFS), University of Dhaka. Other foods items were either analyzed by the National Nutrition Program of Bangladesh or obtained from other published data. The source of published data is given in the ‘Reference’ section.

The information on analytical details for the majority of components and conversion factors for some nutrients can be obtained from the referenced literature.

Vitamin A values are reported in both in vitamin A retinol equivalents (RE-µg), and vitamin A in retinol activity equivalents (RAE-µg). These values are calculated and reported for only those foods for which beta carotenes and total carotenes values are available. Vitamin A RAE values are reported to make them compatible with the DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) recommendations.


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The following information was used when classifying foods as a low, moderate or high source of any nutrient.

Nutrient reference food Amount in mg Amount in mg Amount in g
Beta carotene
Ref food: carrots, raw
(5774 mg/100g)*
Low <1445
Moderate 1445-4040
High >4040
Total carotene+
Ref food: carrots, raw
(14 448 mg/100g)*
Low <3610
Moderate 3610-10 115
High >10 115
Vitamin C
Ref food: orange, juice
(43 mg/100g)*
Low <10
Moderate 10-30
High >30
Ref food: turkey, breast
(2.0 mg/100g)*
Low <0.5
Moderate 0.5-1.5
High >1.5
Ref food: beef, ground
(2.0 mg/100g)*
Low <0.5
Moderate 0.5-1.5
High >1.5
Ref food: milk, cow's, 2%
(117 mg/100g)*
Low <30
Moderate 30-80
High >80
Ref food: chickpeas, cooked
(172 mg/100g)*
Low <45
Moderate 45-120
High >120
Ref food: legumes, cooked
(8 g/100g)*
Low <2
Moderate 2-6
High >6
Ref food: beef, ground
(15 g/100g)*
Low <4
Moderate 4-10
High >10
Ref food: pear, fresh
Low <1
Moderate 1-3
High 3

* USDA National Nutrient Database

† Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine. 2000. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc. Pp. 82

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