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UNU world hunger programme


Purpose 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 (a) promoting and organizing sustained, internationally co-ordinated networks of mission-oriented, multidisciplinary research and advanced training programmes; (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)
56-62 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X8LU, UK. Tel. 01-242-5412.
Cable: TROPRODS LONDON WC1. Co-ordinator: Dr. E.M. Thain.

Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC)
Apartado 1827, Caracas 1091, Venezuela. Tel. 6919 41. Cable: IVICSAS CARACAS. Co-ordinator: Dr. Miguel Layrisse.

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. (4181 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 Vl 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.


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.


Dr Guillermo Arroyeve, Interregional Co-ordinator for the Western Hemisphere and UNU Resident Co-ordinator*

Dr. Moisés Béhar, Chief, Nutrition Unit, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Mr. Sol H. Chafkin, Chairman, Working Group on Nutrition, Ford Foundation, New York, USA

Dr. Freda U. Chale, Nutrition Officer (Field Programme), Food Policy and Nutrition Division, Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy

Dr. Wenche Barth Eide, Institute for Nutrition Research, School of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Dr. Yujiro Hayami, Faculty of Economics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Hou Xiang-chuan, Professor of Nutrition and Adviser, Institute of Military Hygiene, Tienjin, People's Republic of China

Dr. Mogens Jul, Professor of Food Preservation, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Paul Lunven, Deputy Director, Food Policy and Nutrition Division, Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy

Dr. H.A.B. Parpia, Principal Adviser, Science and Technology, Agriculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy

Dr. D. Picou, Chairman, Mount Hope Medical Complex Task Force, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies

Dr. Fred T. Sai, Interregional Co-ordinator for Africa, and Europe'

Prof. Tasho A. Tashev, Director, Institute of Nutrition, Sofia, BuIgaria

Dr. Roger G. Whitehead, Director, Dunn Nutritional Laboratory, University of Cambridge and Medical Research Council, Cambridge, UK

*Ex-officio members


WHP Task Force on Food and Nutrition Policy and Programme Planning
Dr. Fred Sai
Dr. Paul Lunven
Mr, Sol Chafkin
(Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw)

WHP Task Force on Post-harvest Conservation of Food
Dr. Mogens Jul
Dr. Ricardo Bressani
Dr. C.P. Natarajan
(Dr. Maria A. Tagle)

WHP Task Force on Human Nutritional Needs and Their Fulfilment through Local Diets
Dr. Guillermo Arroyave
Dr. Barbara Underwood
Dr. Roger Whitehead
(Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw)

NPR-WHP Task Force on Bioconversion of Organic Residues for Rural Communities
Dr. P. van der Wal, Chairman
Dr. W.H. Barreveld* (FAO)
Dr. C.A. Shacklady, Co-ordinator
Dr. E. da Silva* (UNESCO)
Dr. C.G. Hedén
Dr. N.S. Scrimshaw (UNU)
Dr. C.V. Seshadri
Dr. A.C.J. Burgers (UNU)
*In their personal capacity.


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

Field Staff (Pan-time)
Dr. Fred T. Sai, Interregional Co-ordinator for Africa and Europe
Dr. Guillermo Arroyave, Interregional Co-ordinator for the Western Hemisphere
Dr. William Rand, Research Co-ordinator
Miss Jane Dittrich, Editorial Assistant
Mrs. Virginia Willis, Administrative Assistant, Cambridge Programme Office
Mrs. Elizabeth Torrado, Secretary, Cambridge Programme Office


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.

ISBN 92-808-0018-3
73 pages,16.5 x 23.5 cm, paper-bound

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 socio-economic, nutritional, and health conditions of rural areas.

ISBN 92-808-0043-4
176 pages, 21.4 x 28 cm, paper-bound

Food Price Policies and Nutrition in Latin America

What one country does with respect to trade, tariffs, and import-export regulations affects other countries, for good or ill. What individual governments do in their own policymaking for national development affects their populations positively or negatively. The participants at a workshop co-sponsored by the UN University and the Centro de Estudios Economicos y Sociales del Tercer Mundo (CEESTEM) in March 1978 analysed how food price policies affect the nutritional status of the populations of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. This report points out areas that need further research and suggests methods for conducting it that can be adopted by Third World Governments. It seeks also to increase the awareness of industrialized countries of the impact of their international trade policies on the citizens of developing countries.

WHTR-2/UNUP-128 ISBN 92-808-0128-7 170 pages,16.5 x 23.5cm, paper-bound US$9 00


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Purposes and structure

  1. The United Nations University shall be an international community of scholars, engaged in research, post graduate training and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations In achieving its stated objectives, it shall function under the joint sponsorship of the United Nations and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (hereinafter referred to as UNESCO), through a central programming and co-ordinating body and a network of research and post-graduate training centres and programmes located in the developed and developing countries.
  2. The University shall devote its work to research into the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations and its agencies, with due attention to the social sciences and the humanities as well as natural sciences, pure and applied.
  3. The research programmes of the institutions of the University shall include, among other subjects, coexistence between peoples having different cultures, languages and social systems; peaceful relations between States and the maintenance of peace and security; human rights; economic and social change and development; the environment and the proper use of resources; basic scientific research and the application of the results of science and technology in the interests of development; and universal human values related to the improvement of the quality of life.
  4. The University shall disseminate the knowledge gained in its activities to the United Nations and its agencies, to scholars and to the public, in order to increase dynamic interaction in the world-wide community of learning and research.
  5. The University and all those who work in it shall act in accordance with the spirit of the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO and with the fundamental principles of contemporary international law.
  6. The University shall have as a central objective of its research and training centres and programmes the continuing growth of vigorous academic and scientific communities everywhere and particularly in the developing countries, devoted to their vital needs in the fields of learning and research within the framework of the aims assigned to those centres and programmes in the present Charter. It shall endeavour to alleviate the intellectual isolation of persons in such communities in the developing countries which might otherwise become a reason for their moving to developed countries.
  7. In its post-graduate training the University shall assist scholars, especially young scholars, to participate in research in order to increase their capability to contribute to the extension, application and diffusion of knowledge. The University may also undertake the training of persons who will serve in international or national technical assistance programmes, particularly in regard to an interdisciplinary approach to the problems with which they will be called upon to deal.

Academic freedom and autonomy

1. The University shall enjoy autonomy within the framework of the United Nations. It shall also enjoy the academic freedom required for the achievement of its objectives, with particular reference to the choice of subjects and methods of research and training, the selection of persons and institutions to share in its tasks, and freedom of expression. The University shall decide freely on the use of the financial resources allocated for the execution of its functions....

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