Nutrition is a multi-temporal, multi-faceted, multi-sectoral, multi- disciplinary issue. While the 1991 UNICEF framework on the causes and consequences of malnutrition demonstrates just that, one is left questioning how to build capacity to address the multiplicitous nature of nutrition.1 We also know that nutrition is complex: there are many forms of malnutrition that plague society, including undernutrition in the form of stunting and wasting, micronutrient deficiencies and overweight and obesity and diet-related noncommunicable diseases. Each of these man- ifestations is biologically complex, with a range of contributing factors and outcomes on health and well-being. There have been many calls about working across disciplines and building cadres of workforce that can take on the complexity of malnutrition. In this transdisciplinary space, nutrition profes- sionals need to be fluent in discussing the concepts and constructs of other disciplines to effectively engage with decision-makers in other sectors and seize opportunities to influence policies and programs.2 Alas, many individuals instead train in specialized, niche areas. Why is that? First, it is just plain easier to work within a sector or a discipline. Second, inter-, multi- or trans-disciplinary working requires effort – understanding new terminologies, new ways of working, new methods, new approaches and new evi- dence to unpack. This way of working calls for commitment, time and resources, all of which are scarce
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