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Nutrient Profiling

Nutrient profiling is the science of classifying foods based on their nutritional composition and can be a tool to help address all forms of malnutrition. 

Join us for an interactive webinar on Thursday, December 10th at 10:00 EST to discuss the necessity of nutrient profiling in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our expert speakers will analyze and compare current profiling methodologies, highlight challenges, and the steps required to develop a nutrient profiling system fit for the LMIC context through the lens of the government, private sector, and academia.

In partnership with Professor Adam Drewnowski of the University of Washington, Sight and Life is developing a manual on nutrient profiling for LMICs after identifying a lack of nutrient profiling guidance and methodologies suitable for LMICs (publication early 2021). This gap was detected through an in-depth review of OBAASIMA, a public-private partnership aiming to improve micronutrient intakes of women of reproductive age through the utilization of a seal to create demand for nutritious and affordable food in Ghana (find out more about OBAASIMA here). Using OBAASIMA as an example, this webinar will share the importance of nutrient profiling, especially for LMICs, and open the floor for questions on the topic.

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Moderator

Breda Gavin- Smith, SRD, MPH, is the Global Public Health Nutrition Manager, Sight and Life. She is a Dietitian and Public Health Professional with experience in both the public and private sector in Ireland, UK, South East Asia and West & Southern Africa. Specializing in issues and initiatives that require multi-stakeholder engagement and participation with a track record of successful project management of programs requiring collaboration across cultures, sectors and multi-levels.

Speakers

Dr. Emorn Udomkesmalee is the Senior Advisor and Former Director of the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand, as well as Adjunct Associate Professor in Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. She is currently the Board Chair of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Board member of the Micronutrient Forum and Sight and Life Foundation. In addition, she is a member of the Scientific Council – Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD)/France and Scientific Director of ILSI South East Asia. Her research interests include micronutrient assessment, bioavailability and metabolism; efficacy of food-based interventions to address micronutrient deficiencies; maternal and child nutrition policy and program implementation.

Prof. Dr. Adam Drewnowski is the Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. He obtained his MA degree in biochemistry at Balliol College, Oxford University, and PhD in psychology at The Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Drewnowski is the author of the Nutrient Rich Food Index (NRF), a nutrient profiling model that helps consumers identify foods that are nutrient rich, affordable, and appealing.  His landmark Seattle Obesity Study (SOS III), funded by the National Institutes of Health, has explored health disparities by Seattle neighborhoods, focusing on the relation between diet quality and diet cost.  Those studies have provided maps of food patterns, obesity and diabetes and COVID-19 risk by geographic area.  Dr. Drewnowski has authored over 300 research publications.  He advises governments, foundations, and the private sector on issues related to diet quality and health. Complete List of Published Work 

Dr Saskia de Pee is Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where she leads the Systems Analysis for Nutrition team and is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston and at Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She has worked in public health nutrition for more than 20 years, focusing on science as well as practical applications, policies and strategies. Prior to joining WFP in 2007 she worked for Helen Keller International in the Asia Pacific region for 10 years. She has co-authored more than 150 scientific publications and holds a PhD in Nutrition from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Samuel Kwame Ntim Adu is the founder and CEO of Yedent Agro Group of Companies Ltd, a leading agro processing company based in Sunyani that serves the industrial, institutional and household markets. He is an alumnus of KNUST, and holds a degree in Economics and Geography, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Henley Management College, UK and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from GIMPA. Kwame has deepened conceptual and practical knowledge in Agri and food business management from three leading America Universities in these fields. He is a Cochran fellow in food business and safety from the Michigan State University, an alumnus of Purdue University in Agri business financing as well as an alumnus of Stanford SEED in business management. 

Dr Esi Foriwa Amoaful is the Director of Nutrition at Ghana Health Service. She is a nutritionist and public health specialist and Maternal Child Health and Nutrition advocate with over 25 years field experience and a special focus on nutrition and health programs design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community-based health services and operational research. Her vision is to contribute to sustained improvement in nutrition status by focusing on program design, system strengthening and promotion of maternal and childhood nutrition in particular through coordinated planning and capacity development for improved competencies, knowledge and skills. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and has a degree in Nutrition and Biochemistry and certificate in Nutrition Program Monitoring and Evaluation from University of Ghana and the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, USA respectively. She is also a member of the HarvestPlus Global Program Advisory Committee and the Sweetpotato Support Platform for West Africa.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 10th and register for the webinar here!