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The Food and Nutrition Bulletin incorporates and continues the PAG Bulletin of the former Protein-Calorie Advisory Group of the United Nations system and is published quarterly by the United Nations University Press in collaboration with the United Nations ACC Sub-committee on Nutrition. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the United Nations University or the ACC Sub-committee on Nutrition.

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Food and Nutrition Bulletin
Editor: Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw
Assistant Editor: Ms. Edwina B. Murray
Editorial Consultant: Ms. Sarah Jeffries

Associate Editors:

Dr. Hernán Delgado, Director, Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), Guatemala City, Guatamala
Dr. Cutberto Garza, Director and Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., USA
Dr. Peter Pellet, Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., USA
Dr. Aree Valyasevi, Professor and Institute Consultant, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Food and Nutrition Bulletin, vol. 13, no. 2

(c) The United Nations University, 1991

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Diet, growth, and development

Editorial introduction

At the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) held in April 1990 in Washington, D.C., a subgroup of members involved in international nutrition research joined together to establish the Society for International Nutrition Research as a special-interest group of the American Institute of Nutrition. One of the objectives of the new society is to foster communication among scientists involved in international nutrition by organizing periodic seminars and symposia. In line with this goal, the society sponsored its first Symposium on International Nutrition during the week of the FASEB meeting.

The topic of the symposium, "The Importance of Dietary Quality versus Quantity for Older Infants and Young Children of Less Developed Countries," was chosen both to highlight new information emerging from field studies in economically disadvantaged communities and to stress the importance of these findings for nutrition policies and programmes in those settings. Accordingly, the symposium featured presentations of recent research examining the relationships between different aspects of dietary quality or micronutrient supplementation and a variety of functional outcomes for young children. It closed with a discussion of the ways in which international nutrition research might appropriately exert the greatest influence on the planning and implementation of nutrition programmes in less developed countries. The six papers presented follow.

The authors of these papers appreciate the kind support of Richard G. Allison, Samuel J. Fomon, and members of the Council of the American Institute of Nutrition; Nevin S. Scrimshaw of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin; the reviewers of the individual manuscripts; Marguerite L. Taylor, who assisted with administrative arrangements for the symposium and publication of the proceedings; and Ross Laboratories, which provided financial assistance.

- Kenneth H. Brown, M.D. Guest Editor

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