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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 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’s goal is to identify and support such projects that can be implemented and produce a meaningful impact in the short term. To stimulate innovation from different fields, this edition of the Elevator Pitch Contest by Sight and Life will identify and support projects that can provide climate smart innovations for better nutrition.

The Elevator Pitch Contest will be held at the Micronutrient Forum Global Conference on March 25, 2020. Seven selected finalists will win a round trip and accommodation to Bangkok, Thailand, to present their idea. Each finalist will receive valuable mentoring throughout the contest and one winner will receive a cash award of US$5,000.

Elevator Pitch Contest Timeline

January 31, 2020 by 11:59 PM (GMT): Complete and submit the online application HERE

February 17, 2020: Seven best entries will be announced

March 25, 2020: Selected innovators will present their ideas to a panel of experts and the audience in five minutes. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for all finalists.

Disclaimer:

The Elevator Pitch Contest is a platform founded by Sight and Life and open to students and young professionals 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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On the evening of November 5, 2019, Sight and Life proudly announced the recipient of the 2019 Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award during the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Global Gathering (SUN GG) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Basanta Kumar Kar was recognized as a great leader in the nutrition field with the 2019 Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award.

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Gerda Verburg, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Secretariat (left) and Klaus Kraemer, Managing Director of Sight and Life, present Basanta Kumar Kar with the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award

“It’s with humility, respect and a lot of optimism that I accept this honor and thank you to Sight and Life. I dedicate this award to the men and women – the true nutrition warriors – who have been silently waging a war against the scourge of malnutrition, unrecognized, unheard and unacknowledged on the ground,” states Basanta Kumar Kar.

Sight and Life, nutrition, leadership, award, nutrition leadership award, SUNGGRaised in a small village in India, Kar experienced poverty and deprivation first hand. These childhood experiences left an impression, and for him was a motivation to create promising futures for others. Through his professional career he has applied this optimistic vision as a way to eliminate malnutrition and develop human potential, for a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. He has held leadership positions at The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security, National Dairy Development Board, CARE, ActionAid International and GAIN providing vast experiences over the past 30 years and deep knowledge of nutrition. This is a reason why, today, he is known as the ‘Nutrition Man’, and is currently the Country Director of Project Concern International in India.  

“Faced with many challenges, Basanta continuously pushes forward with passion resulting in many positive changes to improve nutrition throughout India, “ expressed Klaus Kraemer, Sight and Life’s Managing Director, “Here at Sight and Life we have a vision of an improved world and one free from malnutrition, Basanta embodies this mission and has transformed systems in order to advance nutrition goals and therefore making more prosperous futures for many.”

In Bangladesh, he was instrumental in the mandatory food fortification legislation, where now 85% of the population are benefiting from vitamin-A fortified vegetable oil. In his home state of Odisha, he is co-leading a comprehensive strategy to make advances against the triple burden named “Mission Filaria, Malaria, and Malnutrition-Free Odisha”.

He built ‘The Nutrition Coalition’ in India, and recently, he was recognized by the Government of India for his leadership in supporting The Prime Minister’sNational Nutrition Mission, India’s flagship program to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant and lactating mothers. 

In addition to writing many scientific articles, he also translates his passion for improving the lives of others through poetry. ‘The Unfold Pinnacle’ is a series of poems sharing real life stories on nutrition and health issues of marginalized women and girls.

Kar joins an inspiring group of past recipients of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award, such as David Nabarro, Robert Black, Anna Lartey, Shawn Baker, Ellen Piwoz, and Shilpa Bhatte. Congratulations to this very deserving leader in receiving the 2019 Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award, who is diligently working to change the face of nutrition for the better.

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We are pleased to announce the launch of egghub.org by Sight and Life, a one-stop source for the most up-to-date information and research related to egg consumption and production in low and middle-income countries. This new website is dedicated specifically to eggs and aims to improve collaboration and innovation around eggs, two elements that are key to increasing the availability of eggs globally.

Sight and Life is on quest to end malnutrition and we believe eggs are a critical part of the solution. As a source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals, and essential fatty acids, eggs are increasingly being seen as a solution to combat maternal and child nutrition. Since 2016, Sight and Life has been engaged in multiple projects to deliver eggs to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by increasing egg production and egg consumption. 

Through our Eggciting Program we are working on making eggs available and affordable to low-income households through innovative poultry business models in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, and Malawi. We are also piloting new innovations in egg production, egg-based products, sustainable business models, tools and approaches to address protein and micronutrient malnutrition during pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence.

As we continue to add more content and develop the website further, we encourage you to reach out to us with questions, information, and comments via the website’s contact page.

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Join us on Tuesday, October 15th for a webinar with World Food Programme focusing on data in nutrition and highlighting the important topics covered in the latest edition of the Sight and Life magazine.

Speaker Line-up

Introduction: Strengthening the Nutrition Data Value Chain – Gaps and Disruptive Opportunities by Srujith Lingala and Madhavika Bajoria of Sight and Life 

Dalili: Smartphone-based data curation to put affordable, nutritious food on the plates of the world’s most vulnerable by Kelly Stableim of the World Food Programme

Portraying your data – a guide to creating infographics by Anne Milan of Sight and Life 

Please join the webinar HERE.

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We teamed up with Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy for a webinar focusing on data in nutrition and highlighting the important topics covered in the latest edition of the Sight and Life magazine

Srujith Lingala and Madhavika Bajoria, editors of this Sight and Life magazine, guide an informative discussion on the data value chain along with guest speakers Rahul Rawat of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Meera Sawkar of GeoPoll and Anne Milan of Sight and Life. Watch the full webinar below. 

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Micronutrient malnutrition is highly prevalent and persistent among Ghanaian women where 1 in every 2 women of reproductive age are folate deficient, 40% are overweight and 20% are anaemic. There is a critical need for availability of foods rich in micronutrients. Therefore, the Elevator Pitch Contest by Sight and Life in partnership with Obaasima, McGill University and Association of Ghana Industries sought disruptive ideas in aspirational and affordable nutritious foods.

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The Competition

On September 12, 2019, Sight and Life’s maiden Elevator Pitch Contest designed to encourage local solutions to local problems by locals took place in Accra, Ghana. Open only to residents of Ghana, this contest drew 35 entries from students of 6 Ghanaian universities and many young entrepreneurs with fresh ideas to improve foods. Applications ranged from innovative ideas to successful solutions already at scale proving the judges a difficult task narrowing down the group of 35 applicants down to seven finalists. Our thanks goes to the jury members who shared their immense knowledge, experience and expertise in nutrition assessment.

Breda Gavin-Smith, Global Public Health Nutrition Manager, Sight and Life

Kwame Jantuah, CEO, African Energy Consortium Ltd.

Samuel Kwame Ntim Adu, Founder and CEO, Yedent Agro Group of Companies Ltd.

The seven finalists were awarded a round trip to Accra, Ghana to pitch their innovations at the Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition 2019. Before the competition, each finalist received extensive mentorship and feedback regarding their concept and presentation to help hone their pitch. The finalists worked with Parand Salmassinia, Global Vice President of Commercial Strategy, Key Accounts & Aroma Ingredients Business of DSM, and Dr. Nii Addy, Assistant Professor (Research) at McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) of McGill University on their innovations through multiple group and individual sessions to refine their pitch and improve their narrative. They also met with William Offori Appaw, a previous Elevator Pitch finalist who shared his entrepreneurial journey and the experience of participating at the previous Elevator Pitch Competition held in Mumbai.

The Winners

The third place winner of the Elevator Pitch Competition was Ewura Esi Manful from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, with a nutritious yogurt called ‘Sweetpot yogurt’ that aims to curb vitamin A deficiency while simultaneously providing a market for sweet potatoes. Sweetpot yoghurt is naturally flavoured and supplemented with Vitamin A, and dietary fibres, presenting consumers with a healthier snack choice.

Grace A. Twumasi, receiving the first runner up award from Ing. Alfred D. Sackeyfio, Director, Corporate Strategy of Volta River Authority

The second place winner was Grace A. Twumasi from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She pitched an innovative nutrient dense food for children made completely from locally available raw materials such as orange flesh sweet potato, millet, soyabeans. Grace’s innovation has already completed research trials at the Manhiya Children’s Hospital in Kumasi and is ready to be scaled up to the market.

The winner of the competition was Zeenatu Suglo Adams from Pneuma Food Scientifics, a start-up that formulates affordable and nutritious snacks that taste great. Zeenatu pitched ‘Yammy pops’, a ready to eat (RTE) extruded snack made from underutilized and highly nutritious crops (yam, tamarind indica, baobab). This snack has high vitamin C, mineral, protein and fibre content. Yammy Pops, similar to corn pops, are made out of yams and therefore also reducing dependence on cereals and grains.

“Initially it was not an easy task, but after many rehearsals and coaching by the EPC team, I managed to talk about my idea in 5 minutes. This activity helped me identify the key features needed in a building a business. Passion alone is not enough. The facts and figures are very important,” states Zeenatu Suglo Adams, winner, Elevator Pitch Contest finalist.

Other finalists of the event are:

JOACHIM ASARE, SPeCS Foods
Muden is a nutritious fermented cake made from popular cereals in Ghana like maize, millet, rice, soybean & sorghum. It can either be eaten alone or added to cooked foods. The fermentation process enhances the development of micronutrients.

EDITH KUFOALOR, Sosogin
Sosogin is an organic herbal tea from hibiscus petals, bicolar sorghum grass, lemongrass and ginger produced from locally grown plants. It has nutrients that help support digestion, prevent stomach ulcers, and also contains anti-biofilm properties such as beta-carotene, lycopene and others.

JOHN ATTU, Nature Foods
Yogurt made from fresh pasteurized cows milk and fruits that are sourced locally. The product is rich in protein, calcium, vitamin D, B12, riboflavin, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and probiotics, which boosts digestive health. The addition of fresh fruits improves the vitamin, mineral and fiber content in the product.

DEBORAH AMOASI, Dietician App
A mobile app with a database of calories of all Ghanaian foods. The aim of the app is to be able to convert foods consumed into daily calories and provide individual body mass index (BMI) scores depending on height and weight.

The Elevator Pitch Contest by Sight and Life brought together local entrepreneurs and provided an opportunity for them to connect and incubate their ideas. The seven finalists pumped life in to this contest with their cutting edge ideas and passion – we are looking forward to bright futures for all of them. This was Sight and Life’s fourth Elevator Pitch Competition, with the first three held in Cancun (2016) focusing on micronutrients, Boston (2018) seeking innovations in nutrition assessment and Mumbai (2018) challenging ways to reduce aflatoxins. For more information on these exciting competitions, visit elevatorpitch.org.

Take a look at pictures from the event:

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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.

·   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 are proud to announce the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award 2019 will be presented this November at the SUN Global Gathering in Nepal.

Do you know a leader changing the future of nutrition? Please submit a nomination HERE for the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award 2019 by September 30th, 2019 EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 6th, 2019

PAST RECIPIENTS:
David Nabarro, 2012; Robert Black, 2013; Anna Lartey, 2014; Shawn Baker, 2015; Shilpa Bhatte and Ellen Piwoz, 2017

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A round of applause to the seven finalists of the Elevator Pitch Contest for aspirational and affordable nutritious food products. Congratulations! Join us on September 12, 2019 during the Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition (GISE) in Accra to watch each of these pitches and learn about their innovations. The judges of this competition have a tough decision to select the recipient of the $5,000 cash award.

FINALISTS

Zeenatu Suglo Adams, Pneuma Food Scientifics
Deborah Amoasi, Dietician App
Joachim Asare, SPeCS Foods
John Attu, Nature Foods
Edith Kufoalor, Sosogin
Ewura Esi Manful, Sweetpot Yogurt
Grace A. Twumasi, Sweepolac

JUDGES

Breda Gavin-Smith, Global Public Health Nutrition Manager for Sight and Life
Samuel Kwame Ntim-Adu, CEO of Yedent Agro Group of Companies
Kwame Jantuah, CEO of Africa Energy Consortium Ltd

For additional information about the Elevator Pitch Contests visit elevator-pitch-contest.org

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Tue, Sep 17, 2019 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CEST – FREE

Join us for a webinar with Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy (ANH) focusing on data in nutrition and highlighting the important topics covered in the latest edition of the Sight and Life magazine. Srujith Lingala and Madhavika Bajoria, editors of this Sight and Lifemagazine, will guide us through an informative discussion on the data value chain. The webinar will feature speakers such as Rahul Rawat from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Meera Sawkar from Geopoll, and Anne Milan from Sight and Life delving into thought-provoking topics and their conclusions.

Please register here : http://bit.ly/ANHSAL

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Sight and Life is delighted that Dr Noel W Solomons, Co-Founder and Scientific Director of the Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism (CeSSIAM) and longstanding friend of Sight and Life, is the recipient of the 2019 J. David Naparstek Community Mentor Award alongside Ms Maria del Rosario Garcia-Meza. We warmly congratulate both of them on this well-deserved achievement!

The presence of exchange-students, as well as local students, has been a constant feature of CeSSIAM during the 34 years of its existence. Noel Solomons expresses his gratitude in receiving this prestigious award:

At least for me, this recognition is exceptionally sweet insofar as the mentoring of students and young scientists over the years in Guatemala has been more rewarding than the findings and publications. I had the good fortune to have mentoring from the likes of Nevin Scrimshaw, Irv Rosenberg and Fernando Viteri, and I have been passed the torch for a new generation of local exchange students through CeSSIAM’s 34 years of foundation.

Klaus Kraemer, Managing Director of Sight and Life, reflects on his relationship with Noel Solomons:

Those who have met Noel Solomons quickly understand he knows everything about nutrition. He is proactive about sharing his knowledge and experiences from the past forty plus years. Each conversation with Noel is an education that challenges your mind and his insights have changed my perspective on the most important underlying factors of malnutrition. Noel truly cares about the next generation of scientists and guides them as they take their first steps in the field and sets them up for a promising career path.

 
Dive into a day in the life of Dr Noel W. Solomons below:

Sight and Life (SAL): Dr Solomons, you are Director of the Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism (CeSSIAM). How long have you been in this role, and what does it entail?

Noel Solomons (NS): I have been in this position since July 1, 1985 – the day the new center was founded. I am also its Senior Scientist. The Center is the operative arm of a non-profit association, the ASOCIACION CeSSIAM. I’ve been the Vice President of the Board of Directors of ASOCIACION CeSSIAM since 1987. The role involves projecting the vision and the mission of the institution, both internally and externally. Above all, the Center is about discovery and the creation of new knowledge. It is also about training young scientists and building capacity for knowledge creation. It is not about participating in public health programs per se. External projection involves contacting potential donors of research financing in foundation, government and industry sources and communicating with potential collaborators and researchers. Reviewing research manuscripts and free-paper abstracts for scientific meetings occupies much of my time. The role also involves financial administration.

SAL: Is there such a thing as a normal working day for you? If so, could you describe it?

NS: When I’m not travelling, there is a usual work week. On Tuesdays, we hold an Academic Seminar, in which one of our staff or students will make a presentation on research. On Fridays, we convene a coordination meeting of our Guatemala City staff, followed by another Academic Seminar. Occasionally, we invite a guest professional to give a presentation. I try to leave Wednesdays free so that I can work from home, do errands and visit other professionals or entities. On Saturdays, I have one-on-one meetings with the post-doctoral staff members and graduate students to mentor their projects.

SAL: Can you tell us something about the team that supports you at CESSIAM?

NS: There is an external (international) team and an internal (local) team. The external team consists of the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation in Boston and the Hildegard Grunow Foundation in Munich, Germany. We also have productive ongoing academic collaborations with several other international universities. The internal support team consists of two loyal staff members in clerical and custodial positions. We have five full-time professionals based in the Headquarters – two with international doctoral degrees in nutritional sciences – and one coordinating our outpost in Quetzaltenango in the Western Highlands.

SAL: Can you tell us something about the history, values and objectives of CeSSIAM itself?

NS: CeSSIAM was born out of values: our guiding principle is to encourage creative and unfettered lines of research outside of the constraints and orthodoxies of any institutional oversight. From 1977 to 1984, I perceived a weakening of the investigative mission of INCAP due to the politicization of research. As a conscious counter-reaction, CeSSIAM’s most important value was to provide a refuge for the expression of scientific curiosity originating from the inspiration of the investigator, with strict adherence to the objectivity of the scientific method. We also wanted to develop young scientists as ‘human capital’ for innovative biomedical investigation. We originally had four divisions for the center, but this has evolved to two: Diet and Health; and Safety and Efficacy of Iron.

SAL: Your website states that “CeSSIAM is located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The small, modest building belies the copious amounts of cutting-edge nutrition research going on within!” Could you tell us more?

NS: The small building on the website photo is but one of a number of small buildings that make up the Center. In our white office headquarters, we have the offices; in a twin building attached, there is a space used for a clinic or simple laboratory, as well as a meeting room for seminars and some offices for our students. In the city of Quetzaltenango, in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, we have two locales in a commercial center. I have never subscribed to the “edifice complex” of some institutions, where the grandeur of the physical facilities becomes a status symbol. Our current facilities are ample compared to the space in the eye and ear hospital in our early years.

SAL: You are an officer of the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation (INF). What is the relationship between INF and CeSSIAM?

NS: Around the time of the founding of CeSSIAM it was “awkward” to have large amounts of funds in local banks. We worked out a means to have hard currency deposits held in Boston and released as needed on a monthly basis. This arrangement persists through today, helping us to obtain equipment and reagents that are difficult to purchase directly in Central America.

SAL: You are a Doctor of Medicine by training. In what ways has this identity influenced your work?

NS: Being a physician in first instance has enabled my work, permitting me to take a leadership role in research with human subjects and populations. Moreover, a physician is less likely to become too narrowly focused on one problem or experimental technique. Medical doctors are also committed to the Hippocratic tradition, which is based on the dictum of “first do no harm.” This is relevant to areas such as iron administration in malarial regions.

SAL: Do you have a hero who has inspired you in your career?

NS: There are three heroes who have acted as inspirational mentors. In 1965, my political leanings were considered too radical for Top Secret clearance in the Office of Scientific Affairs, so I was relegated to USAID and war-vintage out-buildings in the flats of Foggy Bottom in Washington DC. Again, a modest setting! There I was to meet Dr Harald Frederiksen, a tropical disease physician (and also somewhat of a political renegade), with whom I did a summer internship after my junior year at Harvard College. The topic he proposed would introduce me to the world of international nutrition, and turn my career aspirations from biochemistry to medicine. Returning to campus, I headed over to cross-register at MIT for an honors thesis on nutrition and infection with Prof. Nevin Scrimshaw, Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Nevin, at age 31, had been the founding director of INCAP in Guatemala. Over the years, working with him later on the faculty of his Department and subsequently with his International Nutrition Foundation, I would learn the art of science in broad and relevant topics, as opposed to narrow specialization. Prof. Irwin Rosenberg, Dean Emeritus of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition: Science and Policy is another major influence. Closely allied in the 1970s with Dr. Scrimshaw, he was a gastroenterologist with an interest in folic acid and vitamin B12. We first linked up at the Harvard Medical School as part of the civil rights movement. After finishing my medical training, I became a trainee in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Chicago, which Irv was by then running. There I became involved in intestinal handling of lactose, zinc and bile acids in Chicago, and I carried those three interests to Guatemala, when he pointed me to a final, fellowship year abroad at the INCAP.

SAL: If you could change one thing about your working life, what would it be?

NS: I wish that I could spend more time with the staff and students at CeSSIAM’s outpost in the Western Highlands. It’s a remote – but vibrant – location.

SAL:How do you switch off from work? Do you have interests outside your professional existence?

NS: “So much to do … so little time” is my usual perspective. I enjoy photography, dancing and socializing, but usually in the context of a professional activity.

See the links below for more information on the remarkable work of CeSSiAM and Noel W Solomons:

CeSSiAM
Guatemala recognizes Noel Solomon’s research efforts
CeSSiAM celebrates 25 years of nutrition research
Read Noel Solomon’s latest insightful article on Nutrient Density as a Dimension of Dietary Quality in the latest Sight and Life magazine.

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With 58 million stunted children on the continent and stunting rates as high as 40% in some African countries, malnutrition remains a public health emergency in Africa and hinders optimal child development. School feeding has been recognized by the international community as an opportunity to fill a child’s nutrient intake gap. The objectives of this side-event are to discuss and inspire the attendants of 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) on how child nutrition can be improved to unlock Africa’s full potential by focusing in particular on the nutrition value of school meals.

Sight and Life‘s Srujith Lingala will be presenting on innovative sustainable business models to increase access to eggs. Find out more about this side-event and register here

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On June 10, 2019 during the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Laura E. Murray-Kolb was announced as the recipient of the Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award in Global Nutrition. This award is supported by Sight and Life and contributions from Global Nutrition Council members. It is given to a mid-career professional who has done innovative work to advance the field of global nutrition and is a current member of ASN’s Global Nutrition Council. The awardee is typically between 10 and 20 years post-terminal degree and has a sustained record of substantial research, mentoring and training. 

Dr. Murray-Kolb is an Associate Professor and the Professor in Charge of the Graduate Program in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, she holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Murray-Kolb’s research career is devoted to understanding the neurophysiological and neuropsychological consequences of iron deficiency with the aim of informing the development of policies designed to improve maternal and child health worldwide. Much of her research is conducted in South East Asia and Sub Saharan Africa where the integration of her training in nutrition, child development, and cognitive psychology has helped advance our understanding of the contextual variables that modify the effects of iron deficiency and the neural correlates underlying the detrimental consequences of iron deficiency.

For over a decade, she has chaired the Cognitive Development Subcommittee for a large, multi-site (8 low- and middle-income countries) study investigating the effects of repeated enteric infections and malnutrition in early life on child development. In 2016, she was awarded the Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award in Nutrition and Development by the American Society for Nutrition in recognition of her substantial body of independent research with relevance to improving child health. Dr. Murray-Kolb teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in global nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, micronutrient metabolism, and nutritional aspects of disease. She is also a dedicated mentor whose students have consistently had their work recognized with awards and who have gone on to leadership positions in academia, government, and the private sector. She considers it a privilege to have served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nutrition since 2010 and to be a member of a special task force that provides expertise on iron supplementation policy, particularly in malaria endemic areas.

Congratulations Laura, we wish you continued success!

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Join us on June 4th, during the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, for Power for Mothers to understand why closing the gap in maternal is paramount, and how we can ensure all mothers get the critical vitamins and minerals they need. Compelling evidence shows that taking multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) during pregnancy reduces the risk of anemia in mothers and helps ensure babies are born healthy. But global recommendations lag behind the science, and many pregnant women cannot access MMS. 

Kristen Hurley, Program Director at Vitamin Angels, will moderate an enlightening discussion on MMS with Robert Black of Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Spencer Kirk of Kirk Humanitarian, Lenore Spies from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, Klaus Kraemer of Sight and Life, as well as representatives from 1,000 DaysBill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.

Power for Mothers: Bring a solution for Better Nutrition to All
June 4th at 5:30 pm
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver

Hosted by: Sight and Life, CIFF, MMS TAG, Kirk Humanitarian, Vitamin Angels, 1,000 Days

Cocktails and light fare will be served following the event for an opportunity to meet the panelist and network.

All attendees must register on eventbrite HERE.

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As our project portfolio grows, we are looking for an addition to our team with experience in consumer centered research, product and service design, and monitoring and evaluation. Our current focus countries for consumer research are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa. The role is based in Bangalore, India. 

For further information on the full-time position, please view the terms of reference HERE or download HERE to share.

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We are seeking an addition to our team and accepting applications now for a position as the Global Lead for Consumer Insights. This person will be responsible for growing Sight and Lifes consumer insights and demand creation and generation portfolio. This includes developing relationships with partners and funders, crafting new initiatives, overseeing and executing current initiatives, and supporting programs that have a consumer insights and demand creation component. As a member of Sight and Life’s Leadership Team, the Global Lead for Consumer Insights will contribute to the development of short- and long-term strategic and operational planning within Sight and Life, participate in resource mobilization efforts, promote the organization’s culture, act as an ambassador to external stakeholders, and contribute to the broader knowledge creation and dissemination activities of Sight and Life.

For further information on this position and details on how to apply, please download the terms of reference HERE. Or if you know the right person for the job, please feel free to pass along.

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Biofortification targets rural families in developing countries relying on homegrown, inexpensive but not very nourishing staple foods like rice, wheat, or maize. The biofortification process allows rural families to grow and consume varieties of these crops that are rich in vitamin A, iron, or zinc—three of the micronutrients identified by the World Health Organization as most critical for health.
 
A new interactive tool developed by HarvestPlus helps identify where and for which staple crops biofortification can make the greatest impact on micronutrient deficiencies.
 
Biofortification tool, harvestplusThe website, based on the HarvestPlus Biofortification Priority Index (BPI), is a user-friendly tool designed to guide strategic decisions for investment, policy, and practice pertaining to the introduction and scaling of biofortified staples.
 
HarvestPlus developed the BPI in 2013 to ensure efforts to develop and deliver biofortified crops by HarvestPlus and its partners were as targeted, cost-effective, and impactful as possible. Using the most recent national-level data on eating and growing patterns as well as micronutrient deficiency rates, the BPI ranks 128 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean regions according to their potential for biofortification for eight different crop-micronutrient combinations. The result is a clear prioritization of where biofortified crop interventions are most suitable.
 
The interactive tools allows users to:

– Quickly identify the 20 countries most suited for biofortification of each crop.
– Take a closer look at the data behind the index with interactive maps for the subindices—production, consumption and micronutrient deficiency.
– Learn more about the progress being made to test and release biofortified crop varieties in each country.
– Compare how rankings change when a country’s land area or population size is considered.
– See the BPI for the newest biofortified crop: zinc maize

Click HERE to start exploring the tool!

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GAIN, Report, nutritionBeing able to track and measure the impact of business on food and diets is critical. Business is both part of the problem and the solution to the current food systems challenges. By increasing the effectiveness of tracking we will be better positioned to ask and assist businesses to be agents for positive change.
 
To better assess the impact of the private sector actions, an increasing number of accountability mechanisms have been created. These ‘accountability mechanisms’ engage in measuring and reporting business impact on nutrition and can take different forms: bringing companies around a table to collaborate, creating peer accountability, encouraging companies to set and track progress towards goals and even ranking company performance against objective criteria.
 
‘A Review of Business Accountability Mechanisms in Nutrition’ is an insightful new report describing the different mechanisms and how they fit into the wider nutrition landscape. It is a laudable step to better understand the limits and opportunities of the current landscape assessment of business impact on nutrition.
 
The key findings of the report are the following:

– The number of accountability mechanisms – 21 (considered in the report) – looking at business impact on nutrition is high and increasing. Companies find it difficult to manage this crowded landscape and efficiently prioritizing their accountability reporting. We could simplify this.

– Accountability mechanisms often collect similar data. By cooperating on the process of data collection, mechanisms could provide comparable and complementary analysis. Data sharing is a way to streamline.

– The entirety of the food systems should be assessed if we want to identify the levers for improvement. The current focus on manufacturers and processors is too limited. The role of retailers and out-of-home sector has been overlooked. We need to broaden the footprint.

The report highlights the need to strike a balance: between overcomplication which deters clear reporting, and too loose, failing to responsibly reflect performance. There is an optimal level of accountability and we clearly have some way to go to achieve that.
           
Click HERE to read the full report by GAIN.

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Andhra Pradesh, a coastal state in Southern India, has a high burden of vitamin and mineral deficiencies leading to night blindness, anaemia and various birth defects. To combat malnutrition, in early 2018, Andhra Pradesh announced its plans to distribute fortified rice through government feeding programs in three districts in the first phase and later scale it up to the entire state.

Currently, the rice fortification program includes a batch blending system to blend fortified rice kernels with regular rice. However, there are shortcomings with the batch blending system, which created the need for a new system. To support this effort, Sight and Life, in partnership with Tata Trusts and the Government of Andhra Pradesh, has pioneered an innovative, cost-effective blending process, called continuous blending. This is the first of its kind in India and the first time a continuous blending process is being employed to fortify rice for large-scale government programs. 

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This knowledge has been captured in a technical brief, Rice Fortification in Andhra Pradesh: Pioneering an Innovative Blending Process to Improve Nutrition Outcomes and includes a step-by-step guide for operationalizing rice fortification, using the continuous blending model. By conceptualizing and operationalizing this model, in a short period of time, we have been able to provide 60 million meals with fortified rice to schoolchildren and pregnant and lactating women in Andhra Pradesh. Building on these successes, Sight and Life endeavors to optimize and expand activities using the continuous blending model, working in partnership with Tata Trusts and state governments in improving nutritional outcomes in India.

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On January 17, 2019, the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, and Health released a groundbreaking report on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. This is the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food systems perspective, and which actions can support and speed up food system transformation. 

The world currently has 821 million people who are undernourished, 2 billion people lack key micronutrients, and 2 billion people are overweight or obese and at risk of diseases related to overconsumption. At the same time, global food systems face the unprecedented challenge of feeding a growing and increasingly urbanized population, with global food production expected to increase by 70% by 2050.

Food systems are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), accounting for one-third of total emissions. They are the main user of fresh water, a leading driver of biodiversity loss, land-use change and cause eutrophication or dead zones in lakes and coastal areas. The composition of diets also determines the environmental impact of food and global average dietary GHG emissions from crop and livestock production will increase by 32% between 2009 and 2050, on a per capita level, if current global dietary patterns continue. 

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement targets to reduce carbon emissions means urgently and fundamentally changing the way we eat and produce food. But key questions remain unanswered and a lack of scientific consensus is slowing down governments, businesses and civil society actors who want to take action. This report endeavors to understand and address these issues, and provide guidance on how to solve them. 

Download and read the full report here

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In West Africa, the prevalence and impact of micronutrient deficiencies are significant, and anemia, vitamin A deficiency, and iodine deficiency remain of public health concern. For example, every country in the region is off-track to reach the World Health Assembly 2025 global nutrition target for anemia prevalence reduction (Global Nutrition Report, 2018). Fortified rice has the potential to reach 130 million people in 12 African countries, three-quarters of which are in West Africa, and help tackle micronutrient deficiencies.

How could rice fortification help, and how might this happen? The new Sight and Life supplement with the World Food Programme explores these questions in depth. The 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. Following the previous supplements on Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Latin America (2017) and Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Asia (2015), this edition takes a closer look at the continent that has the largest per capita rice consumption after Asia, yet where micronutrient deficiencies remain unacceptably high.

Each article in this supplement is thought-provoking and focuses on micronutrient deficiencies in West Africa. The articles explore the opportunities and challenges around rice fortification and its potential role in improving dietary quality. The articles cover a wide range of issues, ranging from food availability and consumption in the region (Mawuli Sablah, Greg Garrett and Ibrahim’s Parvanta) to a review of the progress and lessons learned from food fortification (Frederick Grant, Becky Tsang and Greg Garrett). 

The supplement also busts common myths about rice fortification while exploring the most appropriate delivery channels and technologies for fortified rice. A special article is dedicated to the new WHO guidelines on rice fortification, and the supplement concludes with a summary of a West Africa Rice Fortification workshop where country delegates and global and regional technical partners discussed opportunities, challenges and next steps.

Download the full supplement in English and French.

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The NEW Sight and Life Magazine is available now! This edition of the Sight and Life magazine focuses on Double Burden of Malnutrition and the challenges and opportunities the global community now faces in addressing all forms of malnutrition. 

Each article in this issue of Sight and Life magazine is inspiring and thought-provoking and we very much hope you will enjoy it and trust that it will stimulate new ways of thinking that pave the way for meaningful and lasting change! Our deepest thanks to all of the authors for their contributions! 

Download the Full Edition Here

 

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Elevator Pitch Contest Winners announced at IUFoST

 

The 19th edition of the global event, IUFoST (International Union of Food Science and Technology) World Congress, was held in Mumbai, India from October 23-27, with the theme of “25 Billion Meals a Day by 2025 with Healthy, Nutritious, Safe and Diverse Foods“.

Aflatoxins, toxic metabolites of Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus fungi, are one of the greatest risks to food security, health and well-being in low- and middle-income countries. Over 4 billion people are at risk of chronic exposure to aflatoxins through contaminated foods, with  detrimental consequences as diverse as growth impairment and liver cancer.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), in collaboration with Sight and Life Foundation, Mars, Incorporated and Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN), invited ideas from students and young professionals for reducing or eliminating exposure to aflatoxin-contaminated foods and feed as part of the 2018 Elevator Pitch Contest (EPC).

On October 25th, six young innovators from around the globe pitched their ideas to a panel of experts, judges and potential investors. After much deliberation, Sight and Life is proud to share that Alexandra Warrington from Future Food Now, and Alexandra Sanderson of Kumwe Harvest were both awarded the prestigious prize and seed money for their ideas!!

Alexandra Warrington from Future Food Now offered a solution for using aflatoxin at-risk groundnut cake as a by-product from oil crushing to be used as a feed source for insect farming. The idea is to use insect farming technology to specifically target aflatoxin at-risk food chains, namely groundnuts, and potentially maize, in Malawi. It follows a circular economy approach where waste products are repurposed as feed for insects and redirected away from human food markets.

Alexandra Sanderson and her team from Kumwe Harvest proposed its existing “just-in-time” post-harvest processing model in which maize is aggregated ‘on-cob’ and processed immediately using high-capacity shelling and drying machines. The process involves buying unshelled maize on the cob from farmers after harvest, transported it to a central processing facility for immediate shelling and drying, before delivering to commercial buyers. It now achieves 100% quality acceptance rates with an aflatoxin limit of five parts per billion. This tried-and-tested concept aims to be taken to the next level by working with 80,000 farmers over the next three years to provide 30,000 tonnes of maize to commercial agribusinesses in Rwanda.

A big thank you is also due to our distinguished jury panel who brought their immense knowledge, expertise, and experience in aflatoxin-control to the table!!!

Winners of the Elevator Pitch Contest, Alexandra Warrington and Alexandra Sanderson with Benedikt Suter, Board Member for the Sight and Life Foundation, and Vish Prakash, Scientific Council Chair for the IUFoST, two of the EPC distinguished judges.

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Nutrition Africa Investor Forum 

Malnutrition affects every country in the world and is highly prevalent in Africa where it affects one in two people. Nutrition is not only essential for human and economic development but is a smart investment that can give massive returns. From 16-17 October 2018, Sight and Life participated in the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum (NAIF) in Nairobi. NAIF was the first forum of its kind that brought together businesses, investors, donors, and the public sector to develop bold, fresh, holistic ideas on the food value chain and the role that the private sector can play in enhancing nutrition in Africa.

The Forum specifically focused on the role of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who are the largest providers of food in Africa yet they remained relatively untapped in the developing and scaling up of market-based solutions that could improve the consumption of nutritious foods, due to barriers such as accessing finance and marketing for nutritious foods. They are a key part of the puzzle in ensuring nutritious food products are available, affordable and accessible throughout Africa

During NAIF, Sight and Life presented on OBAASIMA, an innovative and distinctive front-of-package seal that identifies fortified food products that provide a good source of 18 vitamins and minerals for women of reproductive age. Sight and Life also sponsored the food company Yumi Yogurt, a product of Emigoh Ghana, to attend the conference giving them the opportunity to pitch for capital investments that would enable them to join the OBAASIMA Seal. Stay tuned for more updates on these amazing companies on our website! 

The Forum was hosted by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) together with Royal DSMSUN Business Network and African Business magazine

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Reducing Global Malnutrition, One Egg at a Time

 

Stunting, or chronic malnutrition, continues to plague countries worldwide with 151 million children under five now affected, and a further 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. Children who are stunted before the age of two are at a greater risk for poor cognitive development, educational outcomes and economic performance in later childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Stunting in early childhood has multiple causes, including inadequate infant and young child feeding practices, poor environmental health, and dietary diversity, including low intake of animal-sourced foods (ASFs) rich in protein and other key nutrients during the complementary feeding period (6-24 months). Evidence suggests that greater dietary diversity and the consumption of foods from animal sources are associated with improved linear growth.

                    

 

An Egg-cellent Way to Improve Maternal and Child Nutrition 
 
Eggs have a huge potential to improve maternal and child nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life. Small but mighty eggs innately possess all the nutrients an infant embryo needs to grow, in addition to high-quality protein. A review from Iannotti et al. (2014) demonstrated the potential of eggs to improve maternal and child nutrition in low and middle-income countries with improvements in linear growth and cognition in young children.
 
Studies on egg consumption for women and children also show that child growth indicators are significantly improved in the intervention groups compared to control groups. A pilot study conducted in Uganda sought to explore if eating one or two eggs could improve the growth and development of school-age children. The study found that adding eggs to school meals may contribute positively to the physical development of children in Uganda. Another study in Malawi, which Sight and Life was involved in, found that the nine essential amino acids, essential lipids and choline provided by eggs were significantly lower in stunted children compared with non-stunted children. In Ecuador, Iannotti et al. (2017) found that feeding eggs to older infants and young children during the complementary feeding period could significantly reduce stunting.
 
Eggs are easy to store, transport, clean, cook and eat, and can be prepared as a meal on their own or as an ingredient in recipes. Among all the sources of animal protein, eggs have one of the lowest environmental impacts and thus making them a sustainable solution to improving optimal development and reducing malnutrition in children.
 

The Eggciting Project at Sight and Life 

At Sight and Life, the quest to deliver eggs to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations remains an eggciting and eggstra-ordinary opportunity. We are devoted to increasing egg production and egg consumption around the world, and our efforts are already helping children and families access the high-quality protein and nutrition found in eggs. Through our Eggciting Project we are working on making eggs available and affordable to low-income households through innovative poultry business models in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, and Malawi. We are also piloting new innovations in egg production, egg-based products, models, tools and approaches to address protein and micronutrient malnutrition during pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence.

Two core innovations that Sight and Life support are the ‘egg hub’ and ‘egg powder’. An ‘egg hub’ solves supply-side challenges faced by small and medium scale poultry farms. It is a centralized unit of high-quality affordable inputs, extension services, training and market access to farmers. Egg hubs can help countries with dominant low-yield extensive production systems to transition to efficient, high-yield intensive systems associated with much lower market prices.  

Often referred to as ‘powdered-egg’, ‘dry egg’, ‘dried egg powder’, and even the ‘Ersatz egg’ at a certain time in history, egg powder is a pasteurized spray-dried product from fresh hen eggs. Dehydration of eggs was a method of preservation used in the Middle Ages and used for rationing during World War I. It has a long shelf life of two years, is easy-to-store and transport over long distances, convenient and quick to use and cook. The egg powder is commonly used as a functional food application in baked goods and hence traded in large volumes across the world.  Sight and Life is now testing the egg powder for end consumer applications in public health. Stay tuned for news of our egg hub journey, consumer insights and novel applications of the egg powder.

Learn more about the Eggciting Project at SAL and check out our cool infographic that lays out all the benefits of eggs!!!
 

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  Partners in preventing micronutrient deficiencies: Sight and Life, DSM and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 

Executive Summary

Partnership, driven by common goals and shared values, built on trust and complementarity, and sustained by short-term successes and long-term vision, can achieve success, and impact. This case study documents the three-way partnership that has existed for the past four decades between Sight and Life, Royal DSM N.V. (and, prior to 2003, Hoffmann-La Roche) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – a partnership driven by the common objective of preventing vitamin A and other micronutrient deficiencies in impoverished and undernourished regions of the world. Its aim is to outline how this unique public-private partnership came into being, how it has evolved in response to new scientific insights and changing population needs, and what it is given to the world in the years since it was first established.

The narrative focuses on the main drivers and principal achievements of the partnership. For reasons of space, it is selective rather than a comprehensive account of a complex and multi-faceted range of initiatives and activities developed and delivered by many individuals in many parts of the world during the period under review. More detailed accounts of the material presented here are available in back issues of Sight and Life Magazine, in the history of the first 25 years of Sight and Life (Micro Nutrients, Macro Impact: The story of vitamins and a hungry World, Sight and Life, Basel, 2011), and in the volumes listed in the select bibliography on page 29. The websites of DSM and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health also contain much relevant information, as do the websites of the United Nations World Health Organization and World Food Programme.

This analysis is divided into four main sections, preceded by a timeline. The first of these – Section 4 of this document, starting on page 8 – describes how the relationship between Hoffmann-La Roche and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health gave birth to the ‘Task Force SIGHT AND LIFE’, as it was initially known, in response to the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Ethiopian Civil War of the mid-1980s. It explains how recent research into the relationship between vitamin A and eye health, in combination with Roche’s technical expertise in the industrial production, formulation and distribution of vitamin A, made possible a humanitarian initiative that was to save both the sight and the lives of many displaced and highly vulnerable people.

Section 5 covers the period during which the focus of Sight and Life expanded to embrace the entire range of micronutrients – all 13 recognized vitamins plus the full spectrum dietary minerals essential to health. Important developments in nutrition science and public health programming took part during these years, as the world became increasingly aware of the global scourge of stunting and of the growing problem of hidden hunger – a deficiency of micronutrient intake in combination with adequate caloric intake.

Section 6 continues this story, chronicling evolutions in formulation, programming and policy against the background of the creation of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement and the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals. As new needs unfold in diverse ways, the partnership grows and adapts, fueled by discovery, commitment, and successful steps forward.

Finally, Section 7 canvasses the views of key actors in the partnership over the years and explores the relevance of this partnership to the wider world of nutrition science and public health policymaking and programming. The case study concludes with an infographic describing Sight and Life’s objectives and modus operandi today.

The full case study is available for download at: SAL_Partnership_for_Nutrition_A4_20pp_081018_17.20_BST: .

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The team at Sight and Life will be busy this Fall! From the United Nations General Assembly in New York to IUFoST in Mumbai – see where all we will be and make sure to drop us a line if you are there too – we would love to see you!

PAST EVENTS

On September 5-7 Sight and Life attended the World Social Marketing Conference in Antwerp to learn more about how social spreading and nurturing good practice in Social Marketing, as well as increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Social Marketing practice at both operational and strategic levels. During the conference, SAL presented on Eat More Eat Better Social Marketing Research in Rajasthan, India and the poster received rave reviews.

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences was established by the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II in 1994 to promote the study and progress of the social sciences, and to support the Church in the development of her social doctrine. SAL Managing Director, Klaus Kraemer, attending their meeting on September 12-13 in Rome and presenting on the role of the Food and Beverage Industry in contributing to good nutrition. All of the presentations from the event are available here and the link to the YouTube channel containing the videos for each presenter here

Eggs, eggs, eggciting eggs. At SAL, we LOVE eggs and were thrilled to learn more about all the latest and greatest in egg production, nutrition and marketing at the Intl. Egg Commission Global Leadership Conference September 9-13 in Kyoto, Japan.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Every year, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meets for its regular session and on September 27th, UNGA is staging the third High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). This meeting will undertake a comprehensive review of the global and national progress achieved in putting measures in place that protect people from dying too young from heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes

OCTOBER

The Small Enterprise Evaluation Project (SEEP) champions the importance of impact assessments and develop evaluation methods that inform practice. SEEP’s 2018 conference, Collaboration for Impact, will take place October 1-3 in Arlington, Virginia, and will offer a platform for attendees to share experiences of common challenges and collectively explore opportunities for greater impact. SAL will participate in a session together with World Vision International and DSM on ‘Joining Forces for Last Mile Nutrition’. Learn more: https://seepnetwork.org/Event/2018

On Wednesday, October 10thJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will be Celebrating a Century of Nutritional Discover, commemorating the publication of Prof EV McCollum’s 1st edition of “The Newer Knowledge of Nutrition” in 1918. The event will highlight the partnership of Johns Hopkins, DSM and Sight and Life that has advanced prevention of micronutrient deficiencies through research, publications, graduate training and advocacy.  The work together is reflected in 194 peer-reviewed publications to date. Sight and Life will present on ‘Preventing Micronutrient Deficiencies Through Partnership’

Incredible Eggs!! World Egg Day is celebrated around the world each year and helps to raise awareness of the benefits of eggs and their importance in human nutrition. Join us for the celebration on October 12th!

The 5th International Rice Congress will be held on October 15-17 in Singapore and is the biggest gathering of thought leaders, scientists, policymakers, agriculture experts, and technology providers from the world of rice research. SAL will participate in a session on Rice Fortification for Improved Nutrition co-organized by World Food Programme (WFP), Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), DSM, USAID/Food for Peace, PATH, and Sight and Life.

Nutrition is a good investment and the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum, to be held in Nairobi during World Food Day on the 16-17 October 2018, is a platform for bold, fresh, holistic ideas to develop the food value chain and the role that the private sector can play in enhancing nutrition in Africa. The Forum will be hosted by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) together with Royal DSM, SUN Business Network and African Business magazine. Sight and Life will be presenting on OBAASIMA as well as taking part in a panel session. SAL will also be sponsoring the food company Yumi yogurts to attend giving them the opportunity to pitch for capital investment that would enable them to join the OBAASIMA Seal. Learn more: https://www.gainhealth.org/knowledge-centre/event/nutrition-africa-investor-forum/.

The Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, to be held in Berlin on 15-18 October, aims to accelerate the translation of innovation to impact to address the world’s most urgent global health and development problems. The meeting is a forum for researchers to share their work, learn about cutting-edge advances in the field and build collaborations with other investigators and organizations. Learn more: https://www.worldhealthsummit.org/conference/global-grand-challenges.html

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. CFS 45 will be held on 15-19 October in Rome. Sight and Life will be hosting a joint side event with the International Livestock Research Institute (sponsored by CIFF and Chatham House) on Private Sector Mechanism: egg business models? on Friday, October 19. The provisional agenda, timetable, and registration for CFS can be found here: http://www.fao.org/cfs/home/plenary/cfs45/en/

The 19th edition of the global event, IUFoST World Food Science and Technology Congress will be held in Mumbai, India on October 23-27. The theme of the 19th IUFoST is “25 Billion Meals a Day by 2025 with Healthy, Nutritious, Safe and Diverse Foods” and will be chaired by globally eminent and well-known Food Scientist and Technologist, Dr. Vish Prakash. The Elevator Pitch Contest (EPC) session date/time will be at the Business Conclave from 16:00 – 17:00 on October 25th, and the EPC finalist award will be announced on Oct 26th at 15:30. 

NOVEMBER

The 18th Latin American Nutrition Congress hosted by the Latin American Society of Nutrition will be held on November 11-15 in Guadalajara, Mexico. SAL will be in attendance and hosting a session on demand generation! Learn more: https://www.slaninternacional.org/

Nutrition is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, but the world is not on track to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030. The Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition Conference hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on November 28-30 in Bangkok will focus on how to accelerate progress to end hunger and malnutrition. SAL and World Vision International will co-host a side event on ‘Engagement Modeling for Responsible Food System Development’. Learn more: http://www.ifprifaobangkokconference.org/

Malnutrition in all its forms (undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity) now affects nearly every country in the world, and most are now facing an overlapping ‘double burden’ of malnutrition: undernutrition on the one hand, and overweight and obesity on the other. The International Symposium on Understanding the Double Burden of Malnutrition for Effective Interventions, being held on December 10–13 in Vienna, Austria, will strengthen understanding of how to tackle the double burden by sharing recent research findings as well as experiences with the implementation of relevant interventions, programs and policies. SAL will participate in a panel on Bridging the Evidence from Biology to Implementation.

 

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Congratulations to the six finalists of the Elevator Pitch Contest (EPC) hosted by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), in collaboration with Sight and Life, Mars Incorporated, and Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN)! These entrepreneurs will be pitching their innovative solutions for an aflatoxin-free world during the IUFoST World Congress in Mumbai, India on October 23-27.

The six finalists of this contest are:

   

William Ofori Appaw, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

  
Anthony Phan, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture, University of California, Davis

  
Daniel Cavanaugh, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

  
Alexandra Warrington, Soil Association, Bristol, United Kingdom

  
Emerson Eggers, Dry Chain America, Colorado

  
Alexandra Sanderson, Kumwe Harvest Rwanda, Kigali

Meet the finalists of the Elevator Pitch Contest during the IUFoST World Congress in Mumbai, India on October 23-27! The theme of this year’s IUFoST is “25 Billion Meals a Day by 2025 with Healthy, Nutritious, Safe and Diverse Foods” and will be chaired by globally eminent and well-known Food Scientist and Technologist, Dr. Vish Prakash.

The EPC finalists will pitch their ideas on their solutions for an aflatoxin-free food system to a panel of experts and potential investors at the Business Conclave from 16:00 to 17:00 on October 25th. The EPC finalist award will be announced on Oct 26th at 15:30. Sight and Life is participating/hosting several events during IUFoST – check out our newsletter to learn more! We look forward to seeing you there!

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This edition of the Sight and Life magazine focuses on food product innovation and the huge potential it has to help us address key challenges in the journey to a sustainable planet that is free from all forms of malnutrition.

EDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Sight Life, Product Innovation, magazine, SAL, Nutrition ARISE, technology, product chainThe pages in this issue explore the spectrum of product innovation by providing a broad perspective from product discovery and formulation techniques through to cutting-edge developments with a promising positive impact on the future of nutrition. For instance, Simone Frey from the Nutrition Hub gives us an illuminating tour of the thriving food innovation ecosystem through her piece “Enabling Entrepreneurship in NutritionReformulating Food Products for Improved Nutrition” and written by Jörg Spieldenner from Innosuisse and Klazine van der Horst from Bern University introduces us to the evolutionary approach of food product reformulation. In “An Innovation Evolution,” Senoe Torgerson and Dipika Matthias from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation argue the need for evolution in one of the most successful nutrition-relevant innovations in history – food fortification. Simon Billing and Heidi Spurrell from the Protein Challenge 2040 Initiative at Forum for the Future walk us through the effervescent landscape of new protein sources and the promise they hold in the feature “New Protein Sources“. Enjoy pressing the pages of this issue cover to cover!

Download the full edition HERE

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Sight Life, readership survey, opinion, magazine, demographicsWe are always trying to improve Sight and Life magazine, and we very much value your views on it. Please take a moment to complete our readership survey HERE

Sight and Life Magazine is seeking input from its readers. As part of our continuous effort to improve our print and digital products, we are conducting a survey to gain information about the magazine and its readership.

The survey should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time. Your answers will be handled in a secure and private system and combined with others to protect your confidentiality.

All respondents who complete the survey and provide contact information (name, address and email) will be entered to win a hard copy of The Biology of the First 1,000 Days. The survey closes Friday, September 28, 2018.

Thank you for helping to make Sight and Life an even stronger publication and resource for the nutrition community.

 

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Sight and Life is seeking a full-time program coordinator to support the scoping and business plan development for egg production improvement in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The role is based in Bangalore, India. 

The Eggciting Project:

Despite the excellent benefits of eggs, its availability and consumption, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia is quite low. Moreover, consumption is also lower among groups which are the most in need of nutrition: women and young children. This position presents an incredible opportunity to increase the availability and consumption of a highly nutritious food source by developing innovative, business models.

Duties:

– Point of contact for data repository and develop metrics to analyze pertinent information and share insights with the team
– Investigate the macro and micro industry trends to identify root causes, challenges and solutions
– Design, develop and prepare quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, interview tool-kits, focus group discussion guides

For further information on the position, please view the terms of reference HERE or download HERE to share.

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Social marketing has been recognized as a viable approach to behavior change for the past 40 years. As the field continues to shift and evolve to address the emerging issues of the 21st century, so too must the leaders of this field. One focus of the 25th Social Marketing Conference was to provide recognition to the up and coming leaders of this field.

Social Marketing, Award, Yana Manyuk
Tait Martin, Chief Research Officer and partner at Taproot agency, presents Yana Manyuk with the ‘Outstanding New Professional’ Award. Photo Credit: Angela Makris

We are proud to announce that Yana Manyuk, Sight and Life’s Social Marketing Specialist, was the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding New Professional Award sponsored by Taproot Agency at the USF Social Marketing Conference in Florida, USA. 

“Yana is a rare gem. She combines research and art to elicit behavior change. She has strong analytical skills, she asks the right (and hard) questions, and is beautifully creative. She absolutely deserves this award and we are very lucky to have her on our team.”Eva Monterrosa, Sight and Life Senior Scientific Manager

Yana Manyuk’s hard work and knowledge in social marketing and behavior change communication is an asset to the the Sight and Life team and the recognition of the “Outstanding New Professional” award is well deserved. 

Interested in learning more about her work? Read about her work in Sudan with WFP in the blog post titled, “The Social Marketing of Micronutrient Powder in Sudan” or watch latest Sight and Life Webinar Series focusing on behavior change communication to learn more. 

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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.