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UNU projects on food and nutrition

In the Cambridge project office:

At the UNU Centre, Tokyo:


Associated institutions


Other co-operating organizations

Through INCAP:

Through NCP:

Through CFTRI:

Through IFNP:

Through UWI:

Through NFRI:

Through NINI:

Through the British Council:

Through KAIST:

Through IATA:

Through USP:

Direct co-operative relationship:

International scientific unions:

In the United Nations system, the UNU projects on food and nutrition co-operate 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)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

The University is represented on the Sub-committee on Nutrition (SCN) of the United Nations Administrative Committee on Co-ordination.


Research networks

Iron-deficiency anaemia

Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), University of Chile, Casilla 15138, Santiago 11, Chile. Principal investigator: Dr. Tomas Walter

Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), Apartado 1827, Caracas, Venezuela. Principal investigator: Dr. Miguel Layrisse

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

Nutrition Research and Development Centre, Komplek GIZI, Jalan Semboja, Bogor, Indonesia. Principal investigator: Dr. Darwin Karyadi

Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), Carretera Roosevelt, Zona 11, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Principal investigator: Dr. Benjamin Torun

National Research Centre, National Academy of Sciences. Cairo, Egypt. Principal investigator: Dr. Sohair Salem

National Institute of Nutrition, Cairo, Egypt. Principal investigator: Dr. Mohammed A. Hussein

National Institute of Hygiene, Yungan Hsi-lee, Chien Kuo Men-wai, Beijing, China. Principal investigator: Dr. Chen-ting Chin

Beijing Medical College-UNICEF, Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Beijing, China. Principal investigator: Dr. Shiu-yun Liu

Institute of Public Health, Rockefellerova 7, Zagreb, Yugoslavia. Principal investigator: Dr. Ratko Buzina

Chronic energy deficiency

Division of Nutrition, National Institute of Nutrition, Calle Vasco de Quiroga No. 15 Col. y Deleg. Tlalpan, 14000 Mexico, D. F., Mexico. Principal investigator: Dr. Hector Bourges

Instituto de Nutrition y Tecnologia de los Alimentos, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 15138, Santiago 11. Chile. Principal investigator: Dr. Jose Riumallo

National Institute of Nutrition, Via Ardeatina 546, Rome, Italy. Principal investigator: Dr. Anna Ferro-Luzzi

Ethiopian Nutrition Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Principal investigator: Dr. Teshome Demeke

Universidad del Valle, Departmento de Pediatria, Facultad de Medicina, Apartado Aereo 2188, Cali. Colombia. Principal investigator: Dr. Julio C. Reina

Nutrition Research and Development Centre, Komplek GIZI, Jalan Semboja, Bogor, Indonesia. Principal investigator: Dr. Darwin Karyadi

Nutrition Research Centre, St. John's Medical College. Bangalore 560 034, India. Principal investigator: Dr. Prakash S. Shetty

Institute of Health, Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, 10 Tian Tan Xili, Beijing, China. Principal investigator: Dr. Chen Xue-cun

University of the West Indies, Kingston 7, Jamaica. Principal investigator: Dr. Sally McGregor

Nutrition and primary health care

Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) (for Central America), P.O. Box 1188, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Principal investigator: Lic. Elena Hurtado

Instituto de Nutrición y Tecnologia de los Alimentos, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 15138, Santiago 11, Chile. Principal investigator: Dr. Maria de la Luz Alvarez

Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia. Professors Maria E. Romero and Adela Morales de Look

UNICEF-Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Principal investigator: Dr. Maria D. Alvarez

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Department of Management Science, P.O. Box 131, Cheongryang, Seoul, Korea. Principal investigator: Dr. Kong-Kyun Ro

Baluchistan Integrated Programme Area Directorate, Baluchistan, Pakistan. Co-investigators: Farhat Sultana and Pamela Hunte

University of Lubumbashi, Zaire (Shaba Province). Principal investigator: Ngokwey Ndolamb

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

Save the Children Fund, CPO Box 992, Kathmandu, Nepal. Principal investigator: Dr. Vijaya L. Shrestha

University of If e, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Principal investigator: Dr. Simi Afonja

University of Nairobi, Institute of African Studies, Nairobi, Kenya. Principal investigator: Dr. David O. Nyamwaya

Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), P.O. Box 140, Kingston 7, Jamaica. Principal investigator: Dr. Renee Dankerlin

Centre for Social Research and Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Box 278, Zomba, Malawi. Principal investigator: Dr. Christine Lamba Society for Economic and Social Studies, B-1, 2nd Floor LSC, J Block, Saket, New Delhi 110 017, India. Principal investigator: Dr. D. Raghunandan

Agricultural and food policy

Ministry of Finance and Planning, Sri Lanka. Principal investigator: Dr. Patricia Alailima

Centre for Energy Environment and Technology, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, India. Principal investigator: Dr. B. Bowonder

Central Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka. Principal investigator: Dr. Gamini Abeyesekere

Dr. Tomas Uribe-Mosquera, 24 Peabody Terrace, Apt. 1003, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Centro de Ecodesarrollo, a.c., Apdo. postal 11-440, Col. Hipodromo, C.P. 06100, Mexico, D.F., Mexico. Principal investigator: Lic. Blanca Suarez

Ministry of Plan Implementation, Sri Lanka. Principal investigator: Dr. Neville Edirisinghe

Instituto Nacional de la Nutrición, Vasco de Quiroga 15, Delegación Tlalpan, Mexico 14000, D.F. Mexico. Principal investigator: Dr. Adolfo Chavez

Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Promoción Agropecuaria (INIPA)/Programa Nacional de Sistemas Agropecuarios Andinos (PNSAA), Guzman Blanco 306, Lima 13, Peru. Principal investigator: Mr. Jorge Recharte


International Network of Food Data Systems (INFOODS)

Secretariat: Bldg. 20A-226, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Dr. William Rand, Executive Secretary

Dr. John Klensin, Information Systems Specialist

Executive Committee: Dr. Vernon Young, Chairman; Dr. Ricardo Bressani; Dr. Alex Campbell

Committee on Users and Needs: Dr. Gaurth Hansen, Chairman

Committee on Data Quality: Dr. David Southgate, Chairman

Committee on Terminology and Nomenclature: Dr. Stewart Truswell, Chairman

Committee on information Systems: Dr. John Klensin, Chairman

Regional liaison groups

ASIAFOODS. Co-ordinator: Dr. Aree Valyasevi, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

EUROFOODS. Co-ordinator: Dr. Clive West, Department of Human Nutrition, Agricultural University, Wageningen, Netherlands

LATINFOODS. Co-ordinator: Dr. Ricardo Bressani, Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), Guatemala City, Guatemala

MEDIFOODS. Co-ordinator: Dr. Flaminio Fidanza, Instituto di Scienza dell'Alimentazione, Universita degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italy

NOAFOODS. Co-ordinator: Dr. Alex Campbell, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

NORDICFOODS. Co-ordinator: Dr. Ake Bruce, Swedish National Food Administration, Uppsala, Sweden

OCEANIAFOODS (for the Oceania region), AFRICAFOODS (for Africa south of the Sahara), and MENAFOODS (for the Middle East and North Africa) are being organized.


Note for contributors

The editors of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin welcome contributions of relevance to its concerns (see the statement of editorial policy on the inside of the front cover). Submission of an article does not guarantee publication-which depends on the judgement of the editors as to its relevance and quality.

Language. Contributions may be in English, French, or Spanish. If French or Spanish is used, the author should submit an abstract in English if possible.

Format. Contributions should be typed, double-spaced, with ample margins.

Length. Ordinarily contributions should not exceed 4,000 words.

Tables and figures. Any tables and figures should be on separate sheets of paper. Figures should be clearly and accurately drawn and clearly labelled.

Photographs. Ideally photographic materials should be submitted in the form of black and white negatives or black and white glossy prints. Photographs will not be returned unless a specific request is made.

Units of measurement. Preferably measurements should be expressed in metric units. If other units are used, their metric equivalents should be indicated.

References. References should be listed at the end of the article, also double-spaced. A reference to a book or other separately published work should include full indication of the name(s) of the author(s), title of the work, and publisher and place and year of publication. A reference to an article in a book should include the name(s) of the author(s) of the article, title of the article, editor(s) of the books and title of the book, publisher and place and year of publication, and the page numbers of the article. A reference to an article in a journal should include the author(s), title of the article. name of journal. volume and issue number and date, and page number of the article. Unpublished material should not be listed in the references.

Identification. Contributors should give their full name and official affiliation. If the material in the article has been previously presented or is planned to be published elsewhere-in the same or modified form-a note should be included giving the details.

Manuscript copies. The contributor should keep a duplicate copy of the manuscript.

Contributions should be addressed to: The Editor Food and Nutrition Bulletin The United Nations University Cambridge Project Office Massachusetts Institute of the Technology, E38-756 Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Note á l'intention des auteurs

La rédaction du Food and Nutrition Bulletin recherche des articles traitant de sujets correspondent a ses thèmes (voir au verve de la couverture la politique éditoriale de cette revue). La remise d'un manuscrit ne signifie pas sa publication, qui dépend de l'opinion de la rédaction sur son intérêt et sa qualité.

Langues: Les manuscrits peuvent être rédigés en anglais, en français ou en espagnol, et dans ces deux derniers cas, l’auteur ajoutera, si possible, un résumé en anglais.

Format: Les manuscrits doivent être dactylographies, en double interligne, avec une marge suffissante.

Longueur: Les manuscrits ne doivent pas, ordinairement, dépasser 4 000 mots.

Tableaux et figures: Ils doivent être reportes sur des feuillets séparés. Les figures doivent être claires et précises, avec légendes explicites.

Photographies: En principe, les matériaux photographiques doivent être remis sous forme de négatifs noir et blanc ou d'épreuves noir et blanc sur papier brillant. Sauf demande expresse les photographies ne seront pas renvoyées.

Unités de mesure: On utilisera de préférence le système métrique. Si d'autres systèmes vent utilises, l’équivalent métrique doit être indique.

Bibliographie: Elle doit figure a la fin du manuscrit, en double interligne. La référence a un ouvrage ou a tous travaux déjà publics doit comprendre une indication complete du nom du ou des auteurs, du titre, de la maison d'édition et de l'année de publication. La référence a une communication figurant dans un ouvrage doit comprendre le nom du ou des auteurs, le titre, le responsable de la publication et le titre de celle-ci, la maison d'édition, l'année de publication et la pagination de la communication. Une référence a un article figurant dans un périodique doit indiquer l'auteur ou les auteurs, le titre de l'article, le nom du périodique, le volume et le numéro, la date et la pagination. Ne renfermez pas les références des manuscrits inédits.

Identification: Les auteurs doivent indiquer leur nom complet et leur fonction officielle. Si l'article a déjà été remis auparavant ou est retenu pour une autre publication—sous la même forme ou sous une forme modifiée—on lindiquera de façon détaillée.

Copies du manuscrit. L'auteur doit conserver un double.

Les auteurs s'adresseront á
The Editor
Food and Nutrition Bulletin
The United Nations University
Cambridge Project Office
Massachusetts Institute of the Technology, E38-756
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Nota pare los posibles autores

Los editores del Food and Nutrition Bulletin agradecen el envío de contribuciones pertinentes al tema de la revista (vea la política editorial de esta revista en el interior de la tape anterior). La presentación de un articulo no es garantía de su publicación, la cual dependerá del criterio de los editores en lo que respecta a su pertinencia y calidad.

Idioma. Las contribuciones podrán remitirse en español, francés o ingles. En cave de utilizar español c francés. el autor deberá incluir. de ser posible, un resumen en ingles.

Formato. Las contribuciones deberán presentarse mecanografiadas, a doble espacio. con márgenes amplios.

Longitud. Las contribuciones ordinarias no deberán exceder las 4.000 palabras.

Cuadros y figuras. Todos los cuadros y figuras deberán presentarse en hojas de papel por separado. Las figuras deberán presentarse en forma clara y precise con rotulado legible.

Fotografías. El material fotográfico se presentara preferentemente en blanco y negro, en negativos o en impresión sobre papel brillante. No se devolverá este material fotográfico a no ser que así lo solicite el remitente.

Unidades de medida. Se utilizara preferentemente el sistema métrico decimal. De utilizarse otras unidades, deberán indicarse SUS equivalentes en el sistema métrico decimal.

Referencias. Al final del artículo deberán consignarse las referencias, también en doble espacio. La referencia a un libro u obra publicada deberá incluir indicación complete del nombre del autor o autores, título del trabajo, editorial y lugar y fecha de publicación. La referencia a un artículo de un libro deberá comprender el nombre del autor o autores del artículo, el título del mismo, editores del libro y título del mismo, editorial, lugar y fecha de publicación y numeración de las páginas del articulo. La referencia a un artículo de una revista comprenderá nombres del autor o autores, título del artículo, nombre de la publicación, volumen, numero y fecha. así como la numeración de las paginas del artículo. El material sin publicar no debe incluirse en las referencias.

Identificación. Los autores deberán consignar su nombre completo y la institución en que cumplen funciones. Si el material del articulo ha sido presentado previamente o se prevé su publicación en otra parte, en forma igual o modificada, se deberá agregar una note con detalles sobre dicha publicación.

Copias de la contribución. El contribuyente deberá conservar una copia del material que envíe.

Las contribuciones deberán dirigirse a:
The Editor
Food and Nutrition Bulletin
The United Nations University
Cambridge Project Office
Massachusetts Institute of the Technology, E38-756
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Recent and Forthcoming UNU Publications on Food and Nutrition

Effective Communications for Nutrition in Primary Health Care
Edited by Jean E. Andersen and Aree Valyasevi

Concentrating on the experiences of developing countries, this book advocates the effective communication of nutrition and health information as a key component of primary health care. It provides a framework for evaluating nutrition communications needs, methodological guidelines, and suggestions for programme evaluation.

WHTR- 11/UNUP-634 ISBN 92-808-0634-3
In press, 16.4 x 23.9 cm, paper-bound, US$20

Food Composition Data: A User's Perspective
Edited by William M. Rand Carol T. Windham, Bonita W. Wyse, and Vernon B. Young

Knowledge of the composition of the foods eaten around the world is of critical importance for research and policy in public health, dietetics, and nutrition. Data on food composition, however, are extremely inadequate. This volume, examining the current problems of the field and what is needed to improve the situation, provides an essential introduction and survey of the subject for anyone who will be involved in gathering, compiling, or using food composition data. It will also be a useful reference for university courses on food and nutrition.

WHTH-10/UNUP-633 ISBN 92-B08-0633-5
240 pages, 16.4 x 23.9 cm, paper-bound, US$20

Interfaces between Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Science
Edited by K.T. Achaya

This book aims at providing higher quality foods to improve people's nutritional status by developing strategies for more effective co-ordination between agricultural production and post-harvest technology and their impacts on human nutrition. It is the report of a workshop dealing specifically with South Asia but focuses on food grains and legumes that form the staple diet of about 800 million people throughout the semi-arid tropics.

WHTR-7/UNUP-478 ISBN 92-808-0478-2
408 pages, 16.5 x 23.5 cm, paper-bound, US$30

Nutrition and Development
Edited by Margaret R Biswas and Per Pinstrup-Andersen

This publication, now available in paperback, aims to define the nature of the problems of malnutrition in all its dimensions and examine the impact of development policies. It stresses the need for integrating nutrition, health, and population programmes for sustained development. Case studies from India and Indonesia are included.

ISBN 0-19-261443-6 (hardcover)
ISBN 0-19-261734-6 (paper-bound)
190 pages, 16 x 24 cm
• Published with Oxford University Press. Order from Oxford University Press, Walton Street Oxford OX2 6DP, UK.

Rapid Assessment Procedures for Nutrition and Primary Health Care: Anthropological Approaches to Improving Programme Effectiveness
by Susan C.M. Scrimshaw and Elena hurtado

Rapid Assessment Procedures refers to a simple quick method of evaluating nutrition and primer, health care programmes; its significance lies in its ability to produce immediately useful information for the improvement of programme activities quickly and cheaply. The guide includes sample data collection instruments, examples of field techniques, and c discussion of data management and analysis.

ISBN 0-87903-111-5
80 pages, 21.7 x 27 8 cm, paper-bound
Also available in Spanish.
• Published with the UCLA Latin American Center. Order from the UCLA Latin American Center, University of California. Los Angeles CA 90024. USA.

How to Order Publications

A complete list of UNU publications is available from the University. Except as otherwise indicated above, publications maybe ordered by writing to: Academic Publication Services, The United Nations University, Toho Seimei Building, 15-1 Shibuya 2-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150, Japan.

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