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Initiative to tackle malnutrition in Africa
Date:1/28/2011

ff, health professionals, nutritionists, consumer and public health organisations, agro and food industry, policy makers, non-governmental organisations, civil society, United Nations (UN) organisations and donors.

Setting the research agenda

The researchers will map the current nutrition research in sub-Saharan Africa (and its funders), and identify the barriers, constraints, opportunities and unmet needs. Up to now, high-income countries have dominated nutrition research, which has led to a concentration on nutrition problems such as obesity and much less emphasis on undernutrition and the nutritional problems faced by Africans.

The scientists will identify not only the current needs, but also emerging research challenges for the nutrition community, due to future changes in climate, biodiversity, demography, urbanisation, water availability, economy, politics, agriculture, international markets, socio economic dynamics and conflict.

In three international workshops the project partners will try to build a consensus among stakeholders on common research and policy priorities.

The project will produce a roadmap for future research that will outline a strategy to be taken forward in years to come.

Policy-makers at the highest level need to be persuaded that investment in nutrition is essential. The image of the starving child is no longer enough to provoke action. The SUNRAY project intends to replace that appeal to emotions by facts and figures, and to promote research that produces clear findings so that action becomes imperative.


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Contact: Patrick Kolsteren
pkolsteren@itg.be
323-467-6389
Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Source:Eurekalert

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