Nutrition planning and policy for African countries: summary report of a seminar held 2-19 June, 1976
Latham, Michael C.
Westley, Sidney B.
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This paper is the summary report of a seminar which was held at the Institute for Development Studies from 2 to 19 June 1976, The seminar was sponsored by USAID through a contract to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Participants were government officers and employees of nongovernment agencies from ten English-speaking African countries whose responsibilities are clearly related to nutrition planning and policy making. The report includes short summaries of the sessions conducted by the seminar staff members. Some of these sessions were devoted to the salient nutritional problems of Africa and their complex causes, to sociocultural factors that influence the condition and its alleviation, and to the basic economic considerations relating to the cause and control of malnutrition and food shortages. However, much more time was devoted to planning and policy relating to nutrition. The participants formed working groups and prepared short reports on nutrition planning for Tanzania's Ujamaa villages, on nutrition activities and goals in Kenya, on increased wheat consumption and the trend toward bottle feeding in West Africa, and on nutrition actitivities in the Sudan. The working group reports are also included in this paper.