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Culture, Environment, and Food to Prevent Vitamin A Deficiency

H. V. Kuhnlein and G. H. Pelto


Aimed at development planners and students of nutrition, public health, anthropology, and human cultural ecology, this book discusses issues surrounding the use of natural sources of food for the prevention of vitamin A deficiency. During a two year research process guided by the committee on Nutrition and Anthropology of the international Union of Nutritional Sciences, a protocol was developed to evaluate the natural food sources of vitamin A in areas at risk for vitamin A deficiency. This book describes the creation of the ethnographic research tools and their testing in a broad range of cultures and environments in five developing countries.

Chapters contributed by the research managers in these countries describe the suitability and genera liability of the research tools, the data generated, practical applications, and directions for policy.

Many examples are given of helpful new information for planning programs at the local level for alleviating vitamin A deficiency.

This is intended as a companion to Community Assessment of Natural Food Sources of Vitamin A: Guidelines for an Ethnographic Protocol.

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