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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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! 

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Ethan Braun, Doctoral Student at Purdue University
POWER

Chikumbutso Chibwinja, Undergraduate student at Lilongwe University
Individual Student

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

Timur Osadchiy, Doctoral student, Newcastle University
Intake 24

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

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

Anne-Julie Tessler, Doctoral student at MGill University
Keenoa

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

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

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

Find out about our Thought for Food Summit HERE.

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Visit the Resources section to DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE BOOK.

Abstract

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

Features

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

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

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

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

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

Editors

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

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

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

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

Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Resources section to DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE BOOK.

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

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

Other key messages from the report:

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

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

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

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

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

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Do you have a disruptive solution in nutrition assessment? 

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

Why Nutrition Assessment?

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

Prizes Awarded

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

How to Enter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Sight Life Nutrition Leadership Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nominations closed on October 26, 2017.

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

Abstract

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

Features

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

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

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

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

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

Editors

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

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

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

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

Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 15 

8:30 – 10:00

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 15

11.00 – 13.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 15 

14:00 – 18:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 16 

8:00 – 10:00 

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

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

Dr. Philip James – Epigenetics, nutrition and infant health

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

Dr. Julian Lui – Nutritional regulation of the growth plate

Monday, October 16

11:30 – 13:30

Integration to Implementation on Vitamin A Intervention
Micronutrient Forum 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition (SISN) hosted its first live webinar in June of 2017 entitled “An Integrative Framework for Implementation Science in Nutrition” presented by President, Dr. David Pelletier and moderated by Dr. Eva Monterrosa, Secretary and Treasurer of SISN and Sight and Life’s very own Scientific Manager. 

Whether you’re a researcher, policy-maker, front-line implementer or nutrition student, this webinar promotes a common understanding of core concepts in implementation science. It provides an integrative framework for implementation science and classification scheme for distinguishing among the many different forms and purposes of implementation while highlighting the need for implementers and researchers to collaborate to achieve impact-at-scale.

View the complete webinar by clicking HERE