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UNU world hunger programme



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 la) promoting and organizing sustained, internationally coordinated networks of mission-oriented, multidisciplinary research and advanced training programmer; (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.


Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP)
Carretera Roosevelt, Zona 11, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Tel. 43762. Cable: INCAP GUATEMALA. Co-ordinator: Dr. Guillermo Arroyave.

The Nutrition Center of the Philippines (NCP)
Nutrition Center of the Philippines Bldg., South Super Highway, Nichols Interchange, Makati, Metro Manila 3116, Philippines. Tel. 85-30-71 to 79. Cable: NUTRICEN MANILA. Co-ordinator: Dr. Rodolfo Florentino.

Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI)
Mysore 570013, India. Tel. 22298. Cable: UNVERCENT MYSORE. Telex: 0846-241 FTRI IN. Co-ordinator: Dr. C. P. Natarajan.

Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA)
University of Chile, Casilla 15138, Santiago 11, Chile. Tel. 214105, 214030. Cable: INTACHILE SANTIAGO. Co-ordinator: Dr. Ricardo Uauy.

Tropical Products Institute (TPI)
58-62 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1 X8LU, UK. Tel 01-242-5412. Cable: TROPRODS LONDON WC1. Co-ordinator: Dr. E. M. Thain.

The International Food and Nutrition Policy and Planning Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard School of Public Health (IFNP).
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 20A-201, Cambridge, Mass. 02139, USA. Tel. (617) 253-7617. Cable: MITUNATUNIV CAMBRIDGE. Telex: 92-1473 MITCAM. Co-ordinator: Dr. Barbara Underwood.

Centre for Research in Nutrition, Laval University (CRN)
Quebec G1K 7P4, Canada. Tel. (418) 656-2439. Cable: AGRAL-2BC-UL CANADA. Telex. 21-5131621. Co-ordinator: Dr. J. C. Dillon.

Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana (DNFS)
PO Box 134, Legon, Ghana. Cable: UNIVERSITY LEGON. Co-ordinator: Dr. R. Orraca-Tetteh.

Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University (INMU)
Salaya Campus, c/o Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Rama VI Road, Bangkok 4, Thailand. Tel 282-6435. Co-ordinator: Dr. Aree Valyasevi.

Universidad del Valle (UVC)
Apartado Aereo 20353, Cali, Colombia. Co-ordinator: Dr. Luis Fajardo.

University of the West Indies (UWI)
St. Augustine Campus: Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science, St. Augustine, Trinidad. Tel. 662-7171. Cable: STOMATA PORT OF SPAIN. Contact: Dr. Lawrence Wilson. Mona Campus: Tropical Metabolism Research Unit, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica. Tel. 927-6661. Cable: UNIVERS JAMAICA. Contact: Dr. Alan Jackson.


National Food Research Institute
2-1-2 Kanondai, Yatabe-machi, Tsukuba-gun, Ibaraki-ken 300-21, Japan. Tel 02975-6-8011. Co-ordinator: Dr. Shinji Matsuura.

Through IFNP
Department of Nutrition, Cornell University, USA
Department of Nutrition, University of Connecticut, USA

Through TPI
Dunn Laboratories, Cambridge, UK
Department of Food Science, University of Reading, UK
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Through NCP
University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Philippines


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST)
International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS)


The World Hunger Programme co-operates with the appropriate units or divisions of the following organizations with which the University has memoranda of understanding:

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
World Health Organization (WHO)

It represents the University on the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination-Sub-committee on Nutrition.


Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw, Senior Adviser
Dr. María A. Tagle, Senior Programme Officer
Dr. Urban Jonsson, Programme Officer
Ms. Rozanne Chorlton, Assistant Programme Officer
Mrs. Audrey Yuss, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Elsie Kimi Buma, Secretary
Ms. Noriko Hasegawa, Secretary
Mrs. Masako Nakagawa, Secretary

Field staff
Dr. Fred T. Sai, Regional Co-ordinator for Africa and Europe*
Dr. Guillermo Arroyave, Regional Co-ordinator for the Western Hemisphere*
Dr. Samir Miladi, Regional Co-ordinator for the Middle East and North Africa
Dr. William Rand, Research Co-ordinator*
Miss Jane Dittrich, Editorial Assistant*
Ms. Patricia Jayson, Administrative Assistant, Cambridge Programme Office*
Mrs. Donnalee Reagan, Secretary, Cambridge Programme Office*

(* Part-time)


Department of Nutrition and Biochemistry, Korea University Medical College. 4, 2GA Nyoung-Yun-Dong, Jong-Ro-Ku, Seoul, Korea 110. Principal investigator: Dr. Jin Soon Ju.

Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University. Salaya Campus. c/o Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Rama VI Road, Bangkok 4, Thailand. Principal investigator: Dr. Aree Valyasevi.

Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital. Rama VI Road, Bangkok 4, Thailand. Principal investigator: Dr. Kraisid Tontisirin.

Food and Nutrition Research Center, National Science Development Board. Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila, 2801, Philippines. Principal investigator: Dr. Carmen L. Intengan.

Division of Nutrition, National Institute of Nutrition. San Buenaventura y Viaducto Tlalpan, Tlalpan, Mexico 22 DF, Mexico. Principal investigator: Dr. Hector Bourges.

Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP). Carretera Roosevelt, Zona 11, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Principal investigators: Dr. Ricardo Bressani, Dr. Benjamin Torún, Dr. Fernando E. Viteri.

Universidad del Valle. Apartado Aereo 20353, Cali, Colombia. Principal investigator: Dr. Luis F. Fajardo.

Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Prêto. 14.100 - Ribeirão Prêto, São Paulo, Brazil. Principal investigator: Dr. José E. Dutra de Oliveira.

Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), University of Chile. Casilla 15138, Santiago 11, Chile. Principal investigators: Dr. Ricardo Uauy, Dr. Hector Araya.

Department of Nutrition Requirements and Growth, Nutrition Institute. 16 Kasr El-Aini St., Cairo, Egypt. Principal investigator: Dr. Mohammed Amr Hussein.

Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ibadan. Ibadan, Nigeria. Principal investigator: Dr. Tola Atinmo.

Institute of Child Health, Hacettepe University. Ankara, Turkey. Principal investigator: Dr. Imran Ozalp.

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research. GPO Box 128, Dacca 2, Bangladesh. Principal investigator: Dr. Abdul Mejid Molla.

Department of Paediatrics, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University. Varanasi-5, India. Principal investigator: Dr. K.N. Agarwal.

Institute of Health, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. 29 Nan Wei Road, Beijing, People's Republic of China. Principal investigator: Dr. Hsue-Cun Chen.

College of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry, Taiwan University. No. 1, Sect. 1, Jen-Ai Road, Taipei, Taiwan. Principal investigator: Dr. Po-Chao Huang.

Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine, Tokushima University. 3 Kuramoto-cho, Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. Principal investigator: Dr. Goro Inoue.

University of Cambridge, and Medical Research Council. Dunn Nutritional Laboratory. Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XJ, UK. Principal investigator: Dr. Roger Whitehead.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. Keppel Streeet, London SC1 E 7HT, UK. Principal investigator: Dr. John C. Waterlow.

Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, Mass. 02139, USA. Principal investigator: Dr. Vernon R. Young.

Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of California. Berkeley, Calif. 94720, USA. Principal investigators: Dr. Doris Calloway, Dr. Sheldon Margen.


Nutritional Evaluation of Protein Foods

A report of a joint UNU-International Union of Nutrition Sciences working group presenting a revision of the methods for the comprehensive assessment of the nutritive value of food and feed protein sources. It begins with the determination of nitrogen content, the identification of the principle nitrogenous constitutents of the food, and the assessment of nutritional values, including digestibility, by means of in vitro and in vivo assays. The methods and procedures as well as their significance and limitations are considered.

16.5 x 23.5 cm, paper-bound

ISBN 92-808-0129-5

Food Price Policies and Nutrition in Latin America

A workshop report analysing the effects of governmental food price policies on the nutritional status of the populations of Latin America and the Caribbean. It points out areas that need further research and suggests methods for conducting it that can be adopted by Third World governments. It also seeks to increase the awareness of industrialized countries of the impact of their international trade policies on the citizens of developing countries.

170 pages, 16.5 x 23.5 cm, paper-bound

ISBN 92-808-0128-7

Bioconversion of Organic Residues for Rural Communities

A compilation of papers from a workshop on the development of techniques for the production of biomass from organic residues-focusing on the potential of bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and algae to upgrade organic wastes into valuable feed products through simple fermentation processes. Especially for developing countries with predominantly rural populations it is imperative that such low-cost bioconversion techniques be fully encouraged for improvement of the socioeconomic, nutritional, and health conditions of rural areas.

176 pages, 21.4 x 28 cm, paper-bound

ISBN 92-808-0043-4

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

A report on the current state of knowledge regarding protein and energy requirements and appropriate dietary allowances for people living under the conditions prevailing in developing countries and consuming local diets. It brings together much hitherto unevaluated original data-including data generated by the World Hunger Programme's own research projects -and points up the fact that present international recommendations fail to take sufficiently into account the protein-energy needs for recovery and catch-up growth following frequent acute and chronic infections and differences in the digestibility and protein quality of local diets. A principal function of the report is to provide suggestions for further needed research.

73 pages, 16.5 x 23.5 cm, paper-bound

ISBN 92-808-0018-3


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