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UNU World Hunger Programme

Purpose, Goals, and Functions

To organize and implement a programme of research, training, and dissemination of knowledge, directed to the alleviation of the problems of world hunger and malnutrition.


i. To help alleviate pressing global nutrition problems through instruments of scholarship.
ii. To contribute to the continuing growth of vigorous academic and scientific communities concerned with food and nutrition, particularly in the developing countries.
iii. To increase dynamic interaction in the world-wide community of learning and research and awareness of and interest in, the problems of nutrition.


i. Identifying pressing global nutrition problems that are subject to alleviation through research, advanced training and dissemination of knowledge and are not being adequately recognized or sufficiently dealt with by existing national and international institutions.
ii. Filling major gaps in knowledge and expertise concerning these problems through (a) promoting and Organizing sustained, internationally co-ordinated networks of mission-oriented, multidisciplinary research and advanced training programmes; (b) strengthening individual and institutional capabilities, especially in developing countries; and (c) encouraging innovative approaches to the examination of these problems.
iii. Disseminating to the United Nations and its agencies, to scholars, policy-makers, and to the public, knowledge and new perspectives concerning these problems resulting from UNU activities and from other sources, thereby facilitating the development of relevant approaches and solutions.

Associated Institutions

Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama
Address: Carretera Roosevelt Zona 11
Guatemala, Central America
Telephone: 43762
Co-ordinator: Dr. Guillermo Arroyave
The Nutrition Center of the Philippines (NCP)
Address: Nutrition Center of the Philippines Bldg.
South Super Highway, Nichols Interchange
Makati, Metro Manila 3116, Philippines
Telephone: 85-30-71 to 79
Co-ordinator: Dr. Rodolfo Florentino
Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI)
Address: Mysore 570013, India
Telephone: 20200
Telex: 0846-241 FTRI IN
Co-ordinator: Dr. C.P. Natarajan
Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA)
Address: University of Chile
Casilla 15138, Santiago 11, Chile
Co-ordinator: Dr. Ricardo Uauy
Tropical Products Institute (TPI)
Address: 56-62 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1X 8LU, England
Telephone: 01-242-5412
Co-ordinator: Dr. E.M. Thain
Venezuelan institute of Scientific Research (IVIC)
Address: Apartado 1827, Caracas, Venezuela
Telephone: 69 19 41
Co-ordinator: Dr. Miguel Layrisse
The International Food and Nutrition Policy and Planning Program (IFNP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard School of Public Health
Address: Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
20A-201, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
Telephone: (617) 253-7617
Telex: 92-1473 MITUNATUNIV
Co-ordinator: Dr. Barbara Urderwood
Centre for Research in Nutrition, Laval University (CRN)
Address: Quebec G1 K 7P4, Canada
Telephone: (418) 656-2439
Telex: 0513099
Co-ordinator: Dr. J.C. Dillon  
University of Ghana (UGL)
Address: Legon, Accra, Ghana
Telephone: 75381

The Advisory Committee

Dr. Moisés Béhar, Chief, Nutrition Unit, World Health

Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Sol H. Chafkin, Division of National Affairs and Social Development, Ford Foundation, New York, New York, USA

Dr. Freda U. Chale, Programme Officer, United Nations Children's Fund Office for Tanzania, Dares-Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. Wenche Barth Eide, Institute for Nutrition Research, School of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway

Dr. Yujiro Hayami, Professor, Faculty of Economics,

Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Mogens Jul. Danish Meat Products Laboratory, Copenhagen, Denmark

Past Members of the Advisory Committee

Dr. Marie-Thérèse Basse, Director, Institute of Food

Technology, Dakar, Republic of Senegal

Dr. George H. Beaton, Professor and Chairman, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Stanislaw Berger, Professor and Director, Institute of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Food Technology, Warsaw Agricultural University, Warsaw, Poland

Dr. R. Alexander Buchanan, Australian Liaison Officer, ASEAN Sub-committee on Protein, Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Jose E. Dutra de Oliveira, Professor of Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, "Ribeirao Preto,"

Dr. Paul Lunven, Chief, Food and Nutrition Assessment Service, Food Policy and Nutrition Division, Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy

Dr. H.A.B. Parpia, Senior Adviser, United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development, AGDR, Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy

Dr. D. Picou, Eastern Caribbean Medical Scheme, University of the West Indies General Hospital, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies

Dr. Roger Whitehead, University of Cambridge and Medical Research Council, Dunn Nutritional Laboratory, Cambridge, England

Professor Tasho A. Tashev, Institute of Nutrition, Sofia, Bulgaria

Sao Paulo University, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil

Dr. Mamdouh Gabr, Professor of Pediatrics, Mounira Children's Hospital, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Darwin Karyadi, Director, Nutrition Research and Development Centre, Jalan Semboja, Bogor, Indonesia

Dr. Ade Omololu, Professor of Nutrition, Director, Food Science and Applied Nutrition Unit, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Frank C. Ramsey, Director, National Nutrition Center, Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies

Dr. Tokuji Watanabe, Director, National Food Research Institute, Tokyo Japan

Composition of Task Forces

WHP Task Force on Food and Nutrition Policy and Programme Planning:
Dr. Fred Sai
Dr. Sol Chafkin
Dr. Paul Lunven (Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw)

WHP Task Force on Post-Harvest Conservation of Food:
Dr. Mogens JuI
Dr. C.P. Natarajan
Dr. Ricardo Bressani (Dr. Maria A. Tagle)

WHP Task Force on Human Nutritional Needs and Their Fulfilment through Local Diets:
Dr. Guillermo Arroyave
Dr. Roger Whitehead
Dr. Barbara Underwood (Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw)

NRP-WHP Task Force on Bioconversion of Organic Residues for Rural Communities:
Dr. P. van der Wal, Chairman
Dr. C. A. Shacklady, Co-ord inator
Dr. C.G. Heden
Dr. C.V. Seshadri
Dr. W.H. Barreveld* (FAO)
Dr. E. da Silva* (UNESCO)
Dr. N.S. Scrimshaw (UNU)
Dr. A.C.J. Burgers (UNU)
*In their personal capacity.

New Publication of the United Nations University

Protein-Energy Requirements Under Conditions Prevailing in Developing Countries: Current Knowledge and Research Needs

The purpose of the report is to summarize the current state of knowledge on the subject and to provide suggestions for needed research. Content includes: Protein and Energy Requirements for Body Maintenance and Healthy Organ Function; Nutritional Consequences of Acute and Chronic Infections; Nutrient Requirements for Catch-up Growth and Tissue Repletion; with an appendix on Standardized Criteria for Comparative Nitrogen-Balance Studies of Protein Requirements in Children and Adults in Different Parts of the World, Consuming Diets Based on Traditional Social Practices.

ISBN 92-808-0018-3
73 pages
US$ 3.00


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