Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, February 10, 2014

Developing a Sustainable Nutrition Research Agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa

Developing a Sustainable Nutrition Research Agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa—Findings from the SUNRAY Project
Carl Lachat equal contributor, Eunice Nago equal contributor, Dominique Roberfroid, Michelle Holdsworth, Karlien Smit, Joyce Kinabo, Wim Pinxten, Annamarie Kruger, Patrick Kolsteren

African nutritionists have called for homegrown nutrition plans saying imported initiatives are not healthy for the continent. They said the current nutrition agenda in most African countries focuses on treatment and technical solutions like vitamin and mineral supplementation, instead of prevention through community-based interventions.

Their sentiments headline a report of the two-year study into sustainable nutrition in Africa, published last week in PLOS Medicine journal. The study was carried out by the Sustainable Nutrition Research for Africa in the Years to come (Sunray), an EU-funded nutrition project in several African countries including Kenya.

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