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EPC, GAIn, Elevator Pitch Contest, Aflatoxins

The Elevator Pitch Contest by GAIN is here! 

An elevator pitch is a critical part of the entrepreneurial process. As competition for research and investment funds increases, young scientists need to effectively articulate their idea and do so in a manner that is persuasive and precise. Sight and Life has developed a platform for organizing an elevator pitch contest (EPC) on disruptive ideas to stimulate networks and dialogue, especially among innovators.

The Elevator Pitch Contest by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), in collaboration with Sight and Life, Mars Incorporated, and Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN), is seeking disruptive ideas from students and young professionals who can design an innovative product, service, technology, application or approach reducing or eliminating exposure to aflatoxin-contaminated foods and feed. 

To stimulate innovation from different fields, the contest will have two categories:
– Non-food category: Aimed at finding alternative, non-food solutions to keep aflatoxin-contaminated foods and feeds out of the food system

– Food category: Aimed at identifying solutions to eliminate or reduce exposure to aflatoxins from foods and feeds

Why a Aflatoxin-Free Food System?

Aflatoxins, toxic metabolites of Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus fungi, are one of the greatest risks to food security in developing countries.  Over 4 billion people are at risk of chronic exposure to aflatoxins through contaminated foods. Significant health problems caused by aflatoxins include acute liver damage and liver cancer. Aflatoxins may be also involved in immune suppression, and growth impairment in children.

Aflatoxins significantly impact trade and economy. Inability to achieve import standards can create barriers to the development of sustainable agriculture, e.g., Africa loses approximately US$670 million annually in lost trade to Europe alone as a result of raw materials failing to meet EU import standards. High yield crop years can often result in even more waste due to limited storage facilities and an inability to export. Economically viable alternative uses of contaminated products could mitigate these economic losses for farmers unable to sell on market, and reduce the risk that they are consumed (through own production or sales within less controlled markets).

Cash Prizes and More!

Three finalists from each category will win a trip (round trip and accommodation) to Mumbai to participate in the 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST, October 23-28, 2018) and pitch their idea to a panel of experts and potential investors. The winner in each category will receive seed funds of USD $15,000 to further develop the idea. Submit your concept HERE by August 6, 2018

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The inaugural Sight and Life Webinar series focuses on the topic of behavior change communications (BCC) and is presented in a series of four webinars. In this series we examine the BCC process from the program manager’s point-of-view. That means, we emphasize experiential knowledge combined with research analysis, and identify tools and tips to help the program manager manage the BCC process.

In the first webinar titled, “People eat food not nutrition: Integrating BCC into nutrition programs” our experts define BCC and its key principles. In addition, explain where BCC fits with other communication approaches and why viewing BCC as a process with distinct steps is key to its success.

The second webinar, “Assessing the situation: What you need to know” is where we identify the typical knowledge needs for BCC intervention in nutrition. Our expert reveals techniques that can maximize the information from your knowledge sources including written material, such as program reports or scientific papers, experienced program stakeholders or service providers, and of course, your target audience. Additionally, we share tips for tailoring formative research in order to generate insights on the factors driving eating behaviors.

The essence of designing and implementing a BCC strategy are discussed in the third webinar, “BCC Strategy and Roll out: The devil’s in the detail“.  Here our in-house social marketing expert, Ms Yana Manyuk, will share her tips and tricks for creative design, pre-testing ideas, and the all-critical roll-out strategy. 

Every program manager is accountable for doing something that works. In the fourth webinar, “Monitoring the Process: Does it work?” we discuss monitoring and evaluation for BCC strategy. Topics include BCC program theory, critical pathways, process indicators, and the always loved, monitoring framework. We provide practical advice on how to use monitoring data to refine or redesign the BCC strategy.

Watch the entire series below: 

The presentation slide decks are also available for download on our resources page here

Stay tuned in to the happenings at Sight and Life as we announce our next Sight and Life Webinar Series, where Sight and Life experts explore, unpack, and demystify topics that are of interest to the global nutrition community.  

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EPC, Elevator Pitch Contest FinalistsOn the evening of June 11th during Nutrition 2018, American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting, the winners of the 2018 Elevator Pitch Contest were announced. We are proud to share that Anne-Julie Tessier, from Canada’s McGill University, was awarded first place by the jury panel with her dietary intake innovation named Keenoa, an artificial intelligence based food dietary accessed through a mobile application.

Tessier and her team tackle the lack of tools to accurately assess food and beverage intake among individuals. Her entry, Keenoa is an artificial intelligence (AI) based food diary. A mobile application captures participants’ eating habits to the nearest detail by enabling them to record food pictures, quantity, date and time of meals. This detailed information is directly linked to clinical practitioner’s/researcher’s web application and is accessible real time. The mobile and web applications, developed from Mar ’16 to Jan ’18 are ready to be deployed on the field.

The second place winner is Eleanor Shonkoff, from Tufts University, with Picture This! Her team proposes accurate estimation of individual-level food and nutrient intake through digital imaging of food, computer vision (CV) and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. The aim is to develop a scientifically valid method by which consumers take pictures of their food and get rapid, real-time feedback on calories and nutrients consumed. The steps involved are usage of images to classify foods, construct 3-dimensional model, estimate boundaries and volume and determine the food’s weight and calories. The concept is at a prototype stage however, an early model has been built using an algorithm that draws from 3-D weight estimation techniques to determine object volume and uses machine learning to classify foods. 

The third place winner is Andrea Spray, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with a dietary intake innovation called INATU that measures the impact of women’s time on nutrition. Spray aims to overcome the limitations of tools currently used in measuring the impact of women’s time on nutrition through a method that requires neither direct observation nor relies on self-reporting. The team proposes to equip rural mothers in Uganda with life-logging wearable cameras, GPS trackers and mobile phones receiving automated IVR calls to assess time use, maternal and child diet.

Sight and Life was also impressed by undergraduate student at Malawi’s Lilongwe University, Chikumbutso Chibwinja. At 22 years old, he proposed a simple technique, called Arm Distance Technique (ADT) by measuring the circumference of their arm. ADT eliminates the need for equipment or technical personnel. Chikumbutso claims that his technique can be used to classify a person as obese, overweight, normal or wasted. To continue supporting this young academic in his endeavors Sight and Life is providing him with an educational grant. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend the conference in Boston, but were ever impressed with his passion in nutrition.

Sight Life, Elevator Pitch Contest, EPC, Finalists
Photo Credit to Susanne Ure

It was an invigorating process to watch these young entrepreneurs present their innovations which have the potential to change the landscape of nutrition assessment. Although we could only select three contestants to win an award, all seven finalists brought this contest to life with their cutting edge ideas and we are looking forward to bright futures for all contestants.

Anne-Julie Tessier, Doctoral student at McGill University
Andrea Spray, Doctoral student, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Eleanor Shonkoff, Post-doctoral student, Tufts University
Maryam Hashemian, Post-doctoral fellow, National Cancer Institute
Chikumbutso Chibwinja, Undergraduate student, Lilongwe University in Malawi
Ethan Braun, Doctoral student, Purdue University
Timur Osadchiy, Doctoral student, Newcastle University in the UK

Our distinguished jury panel brought their immense knowledge, expertise and experience in nutrition assessment to the table. They had a difficult task of evaluating 65 entries from eighteen countries and thirty-five universities down to seven finalists from across diverse categories and stages to present their innovations at Nutrition 2018 by the American Society for Nutrition in Boston. A big thank you to…

Klaus Kraemer of Sight and Life
Simone Frey of Atlantic Food Labs
Katharine Kreis from PATH
Alain Labrique from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Parul Christian from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Karen Regean from National Institutes of Health

Please join us in Mumbai for our next Elevator Pitch Contest seeking innovations to create aflatoxin free food systems.

Check out the coverage on the Elevator Pitch Contest in Nutrition 2018 Daily HERE and view the picture gallery from the Elevator Pitch Contest below. 

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Come visit the Sight and Life team at ASN’s Nutrition 2018 conference in Boston! We will be exhibiting a the Hynes Convention Center at booth #408 as well as hosting our Elevator Pitch Contest. Take a look at our agenda and we hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 9th 

17:30 to 20:00: ASN Welcome Reception

Sunday, June 10th

12:00 -15:00: Stop by the Sight and Life booth (#408) to learn more about our exciting initiatives.
15:00-17:00: Sight and Life Elevator Pitch Contest in Room 311 

Monday, June 11th

12:00-14:00: Meet & Greet with Elevator Pitch Contest Finalists/Judges at the Sight and Life booth (#408)
12:00 -15:00: Stop by the Sight and Life booth (#408) to learn more about our exciting initiatives.

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We are proud to announce the inaugural Sight and Life Webinar Series, where Sight and Life experts explore, unpack, and demystify topics that are of interest to the global nutrition community.  

Our first Sight and Life Webinar series will focus on the topic of behavior change communications (BCC). Presented in a series of four webinars, we will examine the BCC process from the program manager’s point-of-view. That means, we emphasize experiential knowledge combined with research analysis, and identify tools and tips to help the program manager manage the BCC process. 


Mark your calendars and register for the webinars below…

 
Webinar 1 | Now Online
People Eat Food Not Nutrition: Integrating BCC into Nutrition Programs
 
Webinar 2 | Now Online
Assessing the Situation: What You Need to Know

Webinar 3 | Now Online
BCC Strategy and Roll Out: The Devil’s in the Detail 

Webinar 4 | Now Online
Monitoring the Process: Does it Work?

In the first webinar titled, “People eat food not nutrition: Intergrating BCC into nutrition programs” our experts define BCC and its key principles. Additionally, explain where BCC fits with other communication approaches and why viewing BCC as a process with distinct steps is key to its success.

If you are a program manager or health practitioner who understands the need for behavior change and wants guidance as well as practical tips for BCC that can be applied to multiple programs, then this webinar series is for you. Please sign-up for the webinars using the links above. For or those who will not be able to attend the webinar due to scheduling conflicts, each webinar will be recorded and posted on our website.

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Meet the finalists of the Elevator Pitch Contest on Monday, June 11, 2018 from 12:00 to 14:00 at the Sight and Life booth (#408) at ASN’s ‘Nutrition 2018’ in Boston. These seven entrepreneurs will be on hand to talk about their innovations in nutrition assessment. You might even meet some of the judges! 

To find out more about the elevator pitch visit elevator-pitch-contest.org

See you there!

Elevator Pitch Contest, sight life, innovation, nutrition, pitch, entrepreneur

Ethan Braun, Doctoral Student at Purdue University
POWER

Chikumbutso Chibwinja, Undergraduate student at Lilongwe University
Individual Student

Maryam Hashemian, Post-doctoral fellow, National Cancer Institute
Salt Intake Measurement

Timur Osadchiy, Doctoral student, Newcastle University
Intake 24

Eleanor Shonkoff, Post-doctoral student at Tufts University
Picture This

Andrea Spray, Doctoral student at the London School of Hygiene & tropical Medicine
INATU

Anne-Julie Tessler, Doctoral student at MGill University
Keenoa

 

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Congratulations to the seven finalists for the Sight and Life Elevator Pitch Contest. These students will be pitching their nutrition innovations during ASN’s Nutrition 2018 in Boston this June 2018. The competition is on! 

Elevator Pitch Contest, sight life, innovation, nutrition, pitch, entrepreneur

Ethan Braun, Doctoral Student at Purdue University
POWER

Chikumbutso Chibwinja, Undergraduate student at Lilongwe University
Individual Student

Maryam Hashemian, Post-doctoral fellow, National Cancer Institute
Salt Intake Measurement

Timur Osadchiy, Doctoral student, Newcastle University
Intake 24

Eleanor Shonkoff, Post-doctoral student at Tufts University
Picture This

Andrea Spray, Doctoral student at the London School of Hygiene & tropical Medicine
INATU

Anne-Julie Tessler, Doctoral student at MGill University
Keenoa

Join us on June 10, 2018 from 15:00 to 17:00 at ASN’s ‘Nutrition 2018’ to watch the seven finalists pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and potential investors! We will be in Room 311 at the Hynes Conference Center in Boston. See you there!

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Thought for Food, impact, innovationWe are honored to partner with Thought for Food (TFF) on a shared goal and purpose, of creating sustainable solutions that will help end malnutrition. TFF engages and empowers the next generation of innovators around the world to feed 9+ billion people by the year of 2050.

Together, we are working on an impactful session focusing on the frontiers of nutrition science as part of the first-ever TFF Academy. This will be taking place alongside the TFF Summit, a meeting place for innovators and entrepreneurs reshaping the future of food and is open to youth, corporates, investors, policymakers, media and more. Both events will be occurring in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from 23-26 July 2018. In addition, Sight and Life is empowering three participants to join this life-changing experience!

Find out about our Thought for Food Summit HERE.

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Visit the Resources section to DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE BOOK.

Abstract

The first 1,000 days, from conception to two years of age, is a critical period of growth and development. Exposures to dietary, environmental, hormonal, and other stressors during this window have been associated with an increased risk of poor health outcomes, some of which are irreversible. The book, The Biology of the First 1,000 Days, addresses this crucial interval of early life across biological disciplines, linking concepts related to all biological fields to outcomes during the first 1,000 days (e.g. fetal growth and pregnancy outcomes) and beyond (e.g. gut microbiome and cardiovascular disease later in life). The strength of this book lies in its cross-disciplinary nature.

Features

–  Summarizes the importance and irreversible nature of growth and nutrition experienced in the first 1,000 days of life

– Outlines the negative impacts of malnutrition, hormonal stressors, environmental enteropathies, inadequate early growth, and others on later life

– Examines the biology and pathophysiology of the myriad influences on early health and development

– Reviews normal and abnormal fetal and infant development associated with prenatal and postnatal exposures

– Provides suggestions for interventions mitigating poor fetal and early postnatal conditions

Editors

Crystal Karakochuk, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor, Human Nutrition
Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia
Investigator, Healthy Starts, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Kyly Whitfield, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Mount Saint Vincent University

Prof Tim Green
Affiliate Professor Discipline of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide

Klaus Kraemer
Director of Sight and Life and Adjunct Professor Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Reviews

“The Biology of the First 1000 Days compiles the substance behind what we know to be the key to progress. Investing in good nutrition during a child’s first 1000 days is essential for not only unlocking a child’s physical and mental development. It is the way forward for improved health, productivity, income and a sustainable future – with no one left behind. This book compiles our experience, and showcases it for policy makers, strategists and programmers. I hope the knowledge captured in these pages plays an important role in achieving the ultimate goal – an end to malnutrition, in all its forms.”

– Gerda Verburg, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator and UN Assistant Secretary General

“The book is a comprehensive and synthetic review of key spatial factors ranging from preconception to age two— it is a critical reference and will shape public policy and improve interventions for mother and child – impacts that will last a lifetime”

– Emorn Udomkesmalee, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand

“Nutrition policy accepted that the first 1,000 days are critical for life. Now knowledge about the biology of that critical window – so important for specific policy actions – is provided by this volume. It is essential reading for the nutrition community. The list of contributors reads like a Who is Who in nutrition research.”

– Prof. Joachim von Braun, Bonn University, Vice Chair of the Board of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

“In The Biology of the First 1,000 Days we find, clearly and profoundly, the scientific evidence of how good nutrition truly shapes the future of our world – a most valuable contribution to our understanding of a long-neglected issue.”

– Roger Thurow, author of The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children – And the World

Visit the Resources section to DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE BOOK.

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For the very first time, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report is published by an expanded partnership with UNICEF and WHO now joining FAO, IFAD and WFP. The 2017 SOFI report reveals that the long-term declining trend in undernutrition seems to have come to a halt and may have reversed. Achieving the target of a world without malnutrition and hunger by 2030 will be a challenge and will require renewed efforts through new ways of working.

 “World hunger is on the rise: the estimated number of undernourished people increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016”

Other key messages from the report:

The food security situation has worsened in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, South-Eastern Asia and Western Asia, and deteriorations have been observed particularly in areas of conflict and conflict combined with floods or droughts.

Childhood overweight and obesity are increasing in most regions, and in all regions for adults. Multiple forms of malnutrition coexist, with countries experiencing simultaneously high rates of child undernutrition, anaemia among women, and adult obesity.

Conflict is a key driver of situations of severe food crisis and recently re-emerged famines, while hunger and undernutrition are considerably worse where conflicts are prolonged and institutional capacities weak.

A conflict-sensitive approach should be adopted to address food insecurity and malnutrition in areas affected by conflict. This approach should align actions for long-term development and peace and immediate humanitarian assistance.

You can download the 2017 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report by clicking here and the executive summary of the report here. Also available on YouTube is a video from IFPRI‘s special event “Discussion on the Key Findings of FAO’s 2017 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report“. 

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Do you have a disruptive solution in nutrition assessment? 

The Elevator Pitch Contest hosted by Sight and Life is a competition amongst innovators to identify and support projects that have a high potential to be implemented and produce a meaningful impact in nutrition assessment. The 2nd edition of the Elevator Pitch Contest seeks disruptive ideas that will change the current way nutrition is measured. Whether a cutting-edge product, service, technology, or application the innovation needs to advance and improve the existing approaches to nutrition assessment.

Why Nutrition Assessment?

Nutritional deficiencies are major public health concerns in many low- and middle-income countries, but accurate and actionable information on their status in populations is often lacking due to high costs and logistical challenges associated with assessing nutritional status. Accurate, user-friendly, and low-cost analytical tools are needed to allow large-scale population surveys on nutritional status. We are striving to improve the assessment and evaluation of a persons nutritional status.

Prizes Awarded

Finalist will win a trip (round trip flight and accommodations) to Boston to participate in the American Society for Nutrition’s ‘Nutrition 2018’ and pitch their idea to a panel of experts and potential investors. Winners will receive a cash award of up to $2,000 USD.

How to Enter

Find out the details and requirements by visiting elevator-pitch-contest.org. Be sure to submit your idea by January 31, 2018. 

Disclaimer:
The Elevator Pitch Contest is a platform managed by Sight & Life and open to students to present their ideas in front of a distinguished team of experts, investors, and the nutrition science community. Sight and Life does not endorse or certify the quality, originality or potential of the ideas for the Elevator Pitch Contest. All participants are solely responsible for the ideas they express. Sight and Life expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information or the quality, attributes, or availability of any of such ideas. In no event shall Sight and Life be liable for any damages, including without limitation special, indirect or consequential damages, resulting from the access or use, or lack of access and use, of these ideas.  

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Sight and Life has committed to match up to $50,000 from members and friends of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) in order to create an endowment for the Inaugural Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award. The goal is a total fund of $100,000, which will allow the award to be bestowed in perpetuity.

Dr. Scrimshaw led an extraordinary career dedicated to the alleviation of hunger and malnutrition with work that substantially improved the lives of millions of people around the globe. This new award aims to annually pay tribute to Dr. Scrimshaw’s invaluable contributions while recognizing those who are following in his footsteps. Each year, a mid-career professional who is doing innovative work to advance the global nutrition field will be awarded this prestigious honor.
 
A total of $50,000 from the ASN membership is required to permanently endow the Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award. Please join us in our support and consider making a contribution to this effort through the following mechanisms:

Donate online (Be sure to check off the Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award Endowment Fund!) or print and send a contribution form through ASN. Thank you for your consideration. 

In addition, please join us in Boston form June 9-112, 2018 for Nutrition 2018 where the inaugural Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award will be awarded. Sight and Life will also be hosting the 2nd Elevator Pitch Contest, to find our more visit elevator-pitch-contest.org.

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On the evening of November 8, Sight and Life proudly announced two winners of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award at the SUN Global Gathering in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Dr Shilpa Bhatte and Dr Ellen Piwoz were recognized as great leaders in the nutrition field who have a vision of an improved world and inspiring others to do the same.

2017 Sight Life Nutrition Leadership Award

“There are many types of leadership. Here at Sight and Life we back leaders who are agents for change, who role up their sleeves and work hard to accomplish their vision, and who serve as role models for the next generation. Shilpa Bhatte and Ellen Piwoz embody these traits and have transformed systems in order to improve nutrition at the national and global level.” Klaus Kraemer, Sight and Life Managing Director.

Shilpa Bhatte of Vitamin Angels receives the 2017 Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership AwardBhatte is a medical doctor and a public health physician with more than 10 years experience of working in the maternal and child health sector in India. She has been part of the emergency obstetric care program (EmOC) of Govt of India, technical team of Operation Eyesight & Child Eye Care Charitable Trust in slum communities of Mumbai and currently heads Vitamin Angels in India as Senior Program Advisor. Over last 7 years under her leadership, Vitamin Angels, a platform providing lifesaving vitamins to mothers and children at risk of malnutrition in India, Bhatte’s efforts have successfully reached 12 million children under five with vitamin A supplementation and deworming interventions through a local network of 400+ NGOs. 

“This world has too much or too little of everything – we have to strive towards attaining a better balance!” states Bhatte.

In addition, she has also been able to support at least 6 state governments in India, with technical information and training, which has helped them to adopt using the vitamin A capsules as a more scientific and globally acceptable form of providing vitamin A to children under five.

Ellen Piwoz of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation receives the 2017 Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership AwardPiwoz is an alumnus of both Duke University and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she has held adjunct faculty appointments as well. An expert in the field of nutrition, breast-feeding and HIV prevention, she has been published in an over 46 peer reviewed journal articles, 18 books and monographs, and 4 chapters. During her career she has taken on impactful roles as senior advisor on nutrition advising the Africa Bureau Office of Sustainable Development at USAID, and co-investigator on numerous clinical trials and behavioral studies on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

In 2007, she joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and currently leads the Nutrition Strategy Data, Analytics, and Evidence Initiative. Her work has lead her to shape and manage a diverse portfolio of grants including research on healthy birth, growth, and development and new intervention development; testing new delivery models for improving maternal nutrition, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding at scale through successful programs such as Alive & Thrive.

“I’m honored to receive this award alongside such a diverse group of leaders. I’m incredibly proud of the collective progress made, in my 35 years of work on this issue, and I am looking forward to working together until every woman and child, in every country, has the nutrition they need to live healthy, productive lives.” Piwoz shared.

Bhatte and Piwoz join an inspiring group of past recipients of The Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award such as Dr David Nabarro, Dr Robert Black, Dr Anna Lartey, and Dr Shawn Baker. Congratulations to two very deserving leaders in nutrition diligently working to change the face of nutrition for the better.

Watch the complete Scaling Up Nutrition Awards Ceremony during the SUN Global Gathering in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire here

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Royal DSM, a global science company active in health and nutrition, UN children’s agency UNICEF, and Swiss-based humanitarian nutrition think tank Sight and Life announced a new partnership to deliver better nutrition to at-risk children and mothers in Nigeria. The partners will also advocate on a global scale for micronutrient supplementation.

(From left to right) UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, Royal Dutch DSM Chief Executive Officer Feike Sijbesma, and Sight and Life Foundation board member Fokko Wientjes smile after signing an agreement to renew their partnership, following a bilateral meeting between UNICEF and Royal Dutch DSM at UNICEF House in New York City.

Guided by the Sustainable Development Goal’s target of ending hunger and improving nutrition everywhere, the partnership will focus on reaching mothers and children with nutrition interventions during the crucial first 1,000 days of children’s lives, from conception to age 2. Good nutrition during this period plays a vital role in supporting children’s physical and cognitive development with lifelong benefits.

Less than 20% of children in Nigeria are fed diets that meet the minimum adequacy for health growth and development and nearly 40% of children under 5 have stunted growth, a condition caused by malnutrition.

“Good nutrition is a human right. DSM is proud to partner once again with UNICEF and Sight and Life to improve nutrition in Nigeria and across Africa, especially for vulnerable populations like women and children. It is an important step toward achieving a world without hunger and a world in which people everywhere can reach their full potential,” said Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board.

DSM offers essential vitamins, nutrients, and fortification solutions as well as expertise that complements the research, programs, and global reach of UNICEF and Sight and Life.

“Nutrition is one of the most effective and cost-effective investments we can make — in children’s lives and futures, and in the long-term strength of their societies,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Every child has a right to grow up healthy and strong, and this new partnership with Royal DSM and Sight and Life will help more children in Nigeria to realize that right.”

Together, the partners will develop scalable models and drive innovation to improve the quality of food and nutrition in Nigeria, with the goal of spurring similar action in other countries where malnutrition is a critical concern. The partners will also advocate on a global scale for best practices in micronutrient supplementation.

The new partnership builds on joint activity by DSM and UNICEF from 2013-2015 that supported micronutrient powder (MNP) programs in Madagascar and Nigeria. Together the organizations already improved nutrition for about 400,000 children in Nigeria through the MNP pilot program.

“With our expertise in implementation research and social and behaviour change communication, we will effectively contribute to nutrition programs at scale in Nigeria,” says Klaus Kraemer, Managing Director of Sight and Life.

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Here at Sight and Life, we believe great leadership is about having a vision of an improved world, acting on that vision and inspiring others to do the same.

We are accepting nominations for individuals striving for a better world and have proven to be a leader in the nutrition field. We will be requesting submissions from our friends, colleagues, and extended networks to submit nominations for eligible candidates to receive the award. Each potential candidate must meet specific requirements.

A good leader is a visionary, not a dreamer: someone who not only dreams and talks about a better world but steps up to realize his vision.

A good leader is innovative and creative: someone who seeks new solutions to a problem and provides the knowledge and methods to take them into action.

A good leader is passionate: someone who is driven by a passion about his or her work to improve the current situation.

A good leader has courage: someone who rises and takes initiative in difficult times.

A transformative leader is an inspiration: someone who inspires, encourages, and helps other people achieving improvement. In this spirit, we proudly announce the 2017 Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award.

The submissions will be narrowed down to the top five candidates. A committee, which includes past winners, will then determine the recipient of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award. 

Selection Committee Members:
Dr Klaus Kraemer, Sight and Life
Dr. Purnima Kashyap, Senior Advisor at Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
Dr David Nabarro, 2012 Recipient of the SAL Nutrition Leadership Award
Dr Robert Black, 2013 Recipient of the SAL Nutrition Leadership Award
Dr Anna Lartey, 2014 Recipient of the SAL Nutrition Leadership Award
Dr Shawn Baker, 2015 Recipient of the SAL Nutrition Leadership Award

Nominations closed on October 26, 2017.

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Join us on Monday, October 16 from 8:00 to 10:00 at the International Congress for Nutrition (ICN) in Argentina for The Biology of the First 1,000 Days book release. For more details on the session click here

Abstract

The first 1,000 days, from conception to two years of age, is a critical period of growth and development. Exposures to dietary, environmental, hormonal, and other stressors during this window have been associated with an increased risk of poor health outcomes, some of which are irreversible. The book, The Biology of the First 1,000 Days, addresses this crucial interval of early life across biological disciplines, linking concepts related to all biological fields to outcomes during the first 1,000 days (e.g. fetal growth and pregnancy outcomes) and beyond (e.g. gut microbiome and cardiovascular disease later in life). The strength of this book lies in its cross-disciplinary nature.

Features

–  Summarizes the importance and irreversible nature of growth and nutrition experienced in the first 1,000 days of life

– Outlines the negative impacts of malnutrition, hormonal stressors, environmental enteropathies, inadequate early growth, and others on later life

– Examines the biology and pathophysiology of the myriad influences on early health and development

– Reviews normal and abnormal fetal and infant development associated with prenatal and postnatal exposures

– Provides suggestions for interventions mitigating poor fetal and early postnatal conditions

Editors

Crystal Karakochuk, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor, Human Nutrition
Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia
Investigator, Healthy Starts, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Kyly Whitfield, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Mount Saint Vincent University

Prof Tim Green
Affiliate Professor Discipline of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide

Klaus Kraemer
Director of Sight and Life and Adjunct Professor Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Reviews

“The Biology of the First 1000 Days compiles the substance behind what we know to be the key to progress. Investing in good nutrition during a child’s first 1000 days is essential for not only unlocking a child’s physical and mental development. It is the way forward for improved health, productivity, income and a sustainable future – with no one left behind. This book compiles our experience, and showcases it for policy makers, strategists and programmers. I hope the knowledge captured in these pages plays an important role in achieving the ultimate goal – an end to malnutrition, in all its forms.”

– Gerda Verburg, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator and UN Assistant Secretary General

“The book is a comprehensive and synthetic review of key spatial factors ranging from preconception to age two— it is a critical reference and will shape public policy and improve interventions for mother and child – impacts that will last a lifetime”

– Emorn Udomkesmalee, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand

“Nutrition policy accepted that the first 1,000 days are critical for life. Now knowledge about the biology of that critical window – so important for specific policy actions – is provided by this volume. It is essential reading for the nutrition community. The list of contributors reads like a Who is Who in nutrition research.”

– Prof. Joachim von Braun, Bonn University, Vice Chair of the Board of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

“In The Biology of the First 1,000 Days we find, clearly and profoundly, the scientific evidence of how good nutrition truly shapes the future of our world – a most valuable contribution to our understanding of a long-neglected issue.”

– Roger Thurow, author of The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children – And the World

SAVE 20% when purchasing the book by using promo code FMQ13 here

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Mark your calendar and be sure to attend these IUNS ICN sessions with Sight and Life:

Sunday, October 15 

8:30 – 10:00

Leveraging Food Systems to Improve Food Systems and Nutrition
FAO & Tufts University

Prof. Anna Lartey – Food systems role in achieving goals of the decade of action for nutrition

Prof. Patrick Webb – Nepal: a case for elucidating effective ways to use food systems for improved nutrition

Dr. Klaus Kraemer – Food systems importance for enhancing micronutrient nutrition

Sunday, October 15

11.00 – 13.00

Cracking the Egg Potential to Reduce Child Stunting and Improve Rural Livelihoods
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Dr. Chessa Lutter & Dr. Saul Morris – The Lulun Project: results from a randomized controlled trial using eggs to improve linear growth among young children in Ecuador

Dr. Lora Iannotti – Putting our eggs in more than one basket – lessons learned from working with multiple sectors in rural Ghana.

Dr. Grace Marquis – Social marketing as a means to build community engagement in nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions

Carlos Andres Gallegos & Ms. Emily Lloyd – One Acre Fund: Scaling up smallholder farmers’ access to poultry in East Africa

Dr. Klaus Kraemer – Eggciting Innovations: Insights from Smallholder Poultry Models in East Africa and India

Sunday, October 15 

14:00 – 18:30

Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Latin America and the Caribbean
WFP & Regional Bureau for LATAM and the Caribbean, nutrition unit

Marc-André ProstScaling Up Rice Fortification in Latin America and the Caribbean: translating the evidence base into concrete plans for demand creation and effective programming at country level

Dr. Klaus Kraemer – The launch of the Sight and Life special supplement on Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Latin America and the Caribbean

Dr. Helena Pachón – Evidence generation for decision making and effective policy and program planning

Dr. Reena Das – Costa Rica: a successful regional model for mandatory rice fortification & National Plan for Rice Fortification in the framework of the Nation Plan for the Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies

Dr. Sonia Castro – National Plan for rice fortification and its commercialization in Nicaragua

Monday, October 16 

8:00 – 10:00 

Book Release: The Biology of the First 1,000 Days

Dr. Klaus Kraemer & Crystal D. Karakochuk – Session Co-Chairs and Editors of The Biology of the First 1,000 Days 

Dr. Philip James – Epigenetics, nutrition and infant health

Dr. Luz Maria De Regil – Before and beyond the 1,000 days: a role for preconception nutrition

Dr. Julian Lui – Nutritional regulation of the growth plate

Monday, October 16

11:30 – 13:30

Integration to Implementation on Vitamin A Intervention
Micronutrient Forum 

Dr. Danial Raiten – Scope of the problem and overview of the controversy; how the I to I approach will be applied

Dr. Sherry Tanumihardjo – Biological evidence for or against high does supplementation

Dr. Ermorn Udomkesmalee – Relative strengths & weaknesses of available interventions /programs strategies to prevent or improve vitamin A status n individuals or populations

MSc. Dora Inés Mazariegos – Country perspective. What are the implications of the current concern/debate on national efforts to prevent vitamin A deficiency in Guatemala?

Dr. Musonda Mofu – Country perspective. What are the implications of the current cancer/debate on national efforts to prevent vitamin A deficiency in Zambia?

Dr. Roland Kupka – What does it all mean and how might we move an agenda forward to address these challenges? 

Dr. Klaus Kraemer – What does it all mean and how might we move an agenda forward to address these challenges? 

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We welcome our new edition of the Sight and Life magazine focusing on food culture.

In this issue, we have curated contributions that explore the social and cultural domains of food choices and food experiences more broadly. We acknowledge that this is only part of the story. We promise to explore cognition (psychology, brain) and biology (evolution, genes, biochemistry) – factors that also drive food choices – in a future issue of the magazine. For some of our readers trained in biology or chemistry, culture may seem a fuzzy, perhaps non-scientific, topic. Be assured, however, that culture is as much part of nutrition as are biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and genes, and there is a rich body of research on nutrition and culture. 

Please enjoy perusing this issue of Sight and Life magazine with a curious mind, with a view to learning more about how a cultural perspective can enrich your nutrition research and programs.

Visit the resources page to find the complete issue and each individual article for downloading. The past editions of the Sight and Life magazine are available in resources

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Our latest supplement with the World Food Programme is full of information regarding rice fortification in Latin America. This comprehensive overview explains why fortifying rice with micronutrients can be part of an affordable, effective strategy to increase the intake of essential vitamins and minerals to reduce the prevalence of micronutrient malnutrition.

The supplement is available in English and Spanish. Visit the resources page to find the complete supplement and country profiles referenced in the publication for downloading. The past supplements are available in resources

 

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