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Course announcement

The 12th Course of the Regional Training Programme on Food and Nutrition Planning, which leads to a Master's Degree in Food and Nutrition Planning, will commence in April 1996 at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. The 18-month course is organized in cooperation with the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAOUN). The programme is open to a wide range of professionals from government or private institutions involved in planning, implementation, or teaching in the area of food and nutrition. It aims to increase the number of persons who can formulate as well as integrate food and nutrition components into national and sectoral development programmes. Training covers general course work in Food and Nutrition, Economics, Statistics, Development Communication, and Food Science. Seminar-workshops, field studies in the village, macroplanning, and agency practicum complete the training course.

Limited fellowships may be available for the course. However, applicants are strongly advised to explore sources of funding such as their respective governments through the local ministries or international institutions like FAO, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, SEARCA, World Bank, etc.

Candidates for the course must possess a bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related field, must have an academic record indicating capability to pursue a graduate programme, and should preferably come from countries of Asia and the Pacific.

All completed application documents should be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, U.P. at Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Those who wish to apply for an FNP fellowship should submit their completed documents to UPLB-FNP.

Application forms are available upon request. Address all inquiries and correspondence to: The Director, UPLB-FNP, College, Laguna, 4031 Philippines.

Children's nutrition rights get special attention

The International Journal of Children's Rights is planning a special issue on Implementing Children's Nutrition Rights to be published in 1997. George Kent will serve as its Guest Editor. Contributions are being sought, including articles, commentaries, and short notes exploring what is being done, or could be done, in particular localities and with particular projects to make them more responsive to the need to ensure that children are adequately nourished.

Other kinds of support are also welcome; for example, help is needed with fund-raising to organize conferences, seminars, and workshops on the theme. A volunteer would be welcome to organize and maintain a Worldwide Web (Internet) site on nutrition rights.

Anyone who might wish to contribute to this effort is invited to contact George Kent. Those new to nutrition rights can request a basic bibliography. George Kent, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822-2281, USA; Telephone: (808) 9568743; Fax: (808) 956-6877; E-mail:

Those who have access to electronic mail and would like to participate in an open-ended discussion on nutrition rights are invited to join a new discussion group (listserv) on the topic. To subscribe, send an E-mail message to with the message "subscribe nutrights-1 your first name your last name."