- Is a resource consuming additional methodology, during project identification. (At least two specialists from different disciplines should be engaged in the RAN mission.)
- Needs specific knowledge on nutrition, rapid appraisal approach, management of participatory needs assessment and data analysis for adequate interpretation of the results.
- Is not objective or quantitatively assured, but appreciative!
- Is not a sufficient tool to assess all aspects of the nutritional situation. Nutrition is a complex subject and needs to combine different quantitative and qualitative methodologies, as described in the Nutrition Baseline Survey Methodology.
- A general criticism of all assessment methods within deprived areas is that there will be no service or intervention, in all survey regions, after RAN assessment procedures have been finished.