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Food and Nutrition Bulletin

Volume 14, Number 2, June 1992

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Published by the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan.

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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 Su-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.

All correspondence concerning the content of the Bulletin comments. news, and notices should he sent to the editor at the Boston office address given above. All material may he freely reproduced provided acknowledgement is given and a copy of the puhlication containing the reproduction is sent to the Bulletin.

Editorial policy

The Food and Nutrition Bulletin is intended to make available policy analyses, state-of-the-art summaries, and original scientific articles relating to multidisciplinary efforts to alleviate the problems of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world. It is not intended for the publication of scientific articles of principal interest only to individuals in a single discipline or within a single country or region. Notices of relevant books and other publications will be published if they are received for review. The Bulletin is also a vehicle for notices of forthcoming international meetings that satisfy the above criteria and for summaries of such meetings.

The Food and Nutrition Bulletin also serves as the principal outlet for the publication of reports of working groups and other activities of the UN ACC Sub-committee on Nutrition (SCN) and its Advisory Group on Nutrition. The SCN itself is a focal point for co-ordinating activities of FAO, WHO, UNICEF, the UNU. Unesco, the World Bank, the World Food Programme, the World Food Council, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other bodies of the United Nations system which have an interest in food and nutrition.

The Bulletin is a peer-reviewed journal; all papers accepted for publication undergo peer review. Unsolicited manuscripts of articles of the type published in this and previous issues may be sent to the editor at the Boston office address given above. They must be typed, double-spaced, with complete references and must include original copy for any figures used (see the "Note for contributors" in the back of this issue). All papers submitted will be reviewed promptly and the author will be notified of the editorial decision. Any disciplinary or conceptual approach relevant to problems of world hunger and malnutrition is welcome, and controversy over some of the articles is anticipated. Letters to the editor are encouraged and will be printed it judged to have an adequate basis and to he of sufficient general interest.

It is expressly understood that articles published in the Bulletin do not necessarily represent the views of the United Nations University or of any United Nations organization, The views expressed and the accuracy of the information on which they are based are the responsibility of the authors, Some articles in the Bulletin are reports of various international committees and working groups and do represent the consensus of the individuals involved: whether or not they also represent the opinions or policies of the sponsoring organizations is expressly stated.

The United Nations University is an organ of the United Nations established by the General Assembly in 1972 to be an international community of scholars engaged in research, advanced training, and the dissemination of knowledge related to the pressing global problems of human survival, development. and welfare. Its activities focus mainly on peace and conflict resolution' development in a changing world, and science and technology in relation to human welfare. The University operates through a worldwide network of research and postgraduate training centres, with its planning and co-ordinating headquarters in Tokyo Japan.

The United Nations University Press, the publishing division of the UNU, publishes scholarly books and periodicals in the social sciences, humanities, and pure and applied natural sciences related to the University’s research

Editor: Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw
Assistant Editor: Ms. Edwina B. Murray
Editorial Consultant: Ms. Sarah Jeffries
Senior Associate Editor:
Dr. Cutberto Garza, Director and Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University. Ithaca, N.Y., USA

Associate Editors:
Dr. Hernán Delgado, Director, Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), Guatemala City, Guatemala
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

© The United Nations University, 1992
ISBN 92-808-U805-2
ISSN 0379-5721

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Editorial policy

Public health nutrition

A new horizon: Addressing food and nutrition problems in the Lao people's Democratic Republic
Changing nutritional patterns in the Caribbean and their implications for health
Growth monitoring: Experience from Ghana
Caracterización de la lactancia materna en Cuba
Feeding practices and growth in a healthy population of Cuban infants
Accuracy of mothers' responses to questions about breast-feeding practices

Evaluation methodology

Focus groups in rapid assessment procedures

Food composition data

Some issues and problems in the usefulness of chemical composition data across boundaries

Food science and technology

Carrots and dietary vitamin A adequacy
Shortcuts in cassava processing and risk of dietary cyanide exposure in Zaire
Milk, curd, and yoghurt from glandless and degossypolized glanded cottonseed protein
Technology for an instant almond gruel

IFPRI report

Drought and famine relationships in Sudan: Policy implications

News and notes

Tropical oil turmoil

Note for contributors
Note à l'intention des auteurs
Nota para posibles autores
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