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Nutrition Societies gather to deliberate on challenges, opportunities

Nutrition Societies gather to deliberate on challenges, opportunities

Aim to complement the African Regional Nutrition Strategic Plan 2015 – 2025

In association with the Food and Nutrition Society of Ethiopia (FONSE) and the African Nutrition Society, hundreds of delegates involved in the areas of nutritional science, public health, international non-governmental organizations and government agencies have gathered for the annual Africa Nutritional Epidemiology Conference.

Held at Capital Hotel, the five-day conference was held on the theme of “Multi-stakeholder nutrition actions in Africa: translating evidence into policies and programs for impact” and highlighted the opportunities on the nutrition landscape of the continent, with its growing economy but with ample challenges on how to feed millions of its people. The conference looked at issues on how to complement the African Regional Nutrition Strategic Plan 2015 – 2025 that was envisioned by the African Union and the United Nations on the action of Nutrition. The Ethiopian government’s commitment on ending “Stunting by 2030” was also the feature of the conference.

Delegates from a number of institutions working on the sector, including the Food and Agricultural Organization, the UN Scaling up Nutrition and the Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture were heard on the 8th annual conference.

The African Nutrition Society has emerged as the international voice in bringing awareness on nutrition issues within Africa and solicits funds to help address it. Established in 2008, it is an umbrella group, in which the Food and Nutrition Society is a founding member. The later was founded in 2006, and works with the Ethiopian government to help improve the chronic shortages of nutrition to millions of people across the country.