By leveraging state of the art tools and technologies, the Nutrition, Dietary Behavior, and Smart Food Cluster enhances understanding, promotes healthy eating habits, and develops innovative solutions to address malnutrition and improve dietary outcomes in the dryland tropics.

 Dietary Assessment Tools: Dietary assessment tools help in collecting data on food consumption patterns, nutrient intake, and dietary behaviors. These tools can include food frequency questionnaires, 24-hour recall methods, and dietary record keeping. They provide valuable insights into the nutritional status and dietary practices of individuals and communities.

 Mobile Applications for Nutrition Tracking: Mobile applications that track nutrition and provide personalized recommendations can support individuals in making healthier food choices. These apps can offer features like meal planning, calorie tracking, nutrient analysis, and recipe suggestions, helping users monitor their dietary intake and promote healthy behaviors.

 Digital Platforms for Nutrition Education: Digital platforms, such as websites, mobile apps, and e-learning modules, provide a convenient and accessible way to disseminate nutrition education materials. These platforms can offer interactive content, videos, quizzes, and resources that promote knowledge and understanding of healthy eating habits and nutritional guidelines.

 Smart Food Technologies: Smart food technologies encompass innovations in food production, processing, and preservation that enhance the nutritional value and accessibility of staple crops. Examples include biofortification, which increases the nutrient content of crops, and post-harvest techniques that minimize nutrient losses. Smart food technologies contribute to improving the nutritional profile of staple foods.

 Behavior Change Communication Tools: Behavior change communication tools employ various strategies, such as social marketing campaigns, community mobilization, and mass media, to promote positive dietary behaviors. These tools aim to raise awareness, shift attitudes, and encourage individuals and communities to adopt healthier eating habits.

 Nutrient Analysis Software: Nutrient analysis software enables the assessment and calculation of the nutrient composition of foods and meals. These tools help researchers and practitioners evaluate the nutritional value of diets, identify nutrient gaps, and develop targeted interventions to address specific nutritional needs.

 Geographic Information Systems (GIS): GIS technology can assist in mapping and analyzing food environments, including access to healthy food outlets, food deserts, and food distribution networks. GIS helps identify areas with limited access to nutritious foods, facilitating targeted interventions and policy planning for improved food security and dietary outcomes.

 Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI): Data analytics and AI can be used to analyze large datasets related to nutrition, dietary behaviors, and health outcomes. These technologies can uncover patterns, correlations, and insights that inform evidence-based decision-making, program design, and policy formulation for improved nutrition.

 Sensory Evaluation Tools: Sensory evaluation tools, such as taste tests and consumer perception surveys, assess the sensory attributes and acceptability of foods. These tools provide valuable feedback on taste, texture, aroma, and preferences, guiding the development of palatable and culturally acceptable nutritious food options.