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Lauren Blum, Pertti J Pelto, Gretel H. Pelto, and Harriet V. Kuhnlein

A Project of the International
Union of Nutritional Sciences
Committee II-6,
Nutrition and Anthropology
1992-1994

Participating Committee Members:

H.V. Kuhnlein, Co-chair
I. Nieves, Co-chair
G.H. Pelto
R. Young
C. Santos-Acuin
P. Pushpamma
H. Creed-Kanashiro

Centre for Nutrition and the Environment of Indigenous Peoples (CINE) Macdonald Campus of McGill University 21,111 Lakeshore Road Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec Canada H9X 3V9 Telephone: (514) 398-7544 Fax: (514) 398-1020

The work was carried out with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada

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© Copyright 1997 International Nutrition Foundation for Developing Countries (INFDC)

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© Copyright 1997 International Nutrition Foundation for Developing Countries (INFDC)

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INFDC ISBN 0-9635522-9-5
IDRC ISBN 0-88936-767-1

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Cover Photography (clockwise from top left): Kitchen garden in Chamis, Peru, with ingredients for "caldo verde;" Conducting pile sort in Filingué, Niger; Street vendor in Cajamarca, Peru; Footpath to the Aeta village, Philippines, in rainy season; Market with leafy vegetables near Sheriguda, India.

Community Assessment of Natural Food Sources of Vitamin A

Guidelines for an Ethnographic Protocol

L. Blum, P.J. Pelto, G.H. Pelto, H. V. Kuhnlein

This practical step-by-step guide for conducting assessments in communities on the variations aspects of natural food sources of vitamin A will create data helpful for programs that aim to alleviate vitamin A deficiency. The manual, prepared in co-operation with the Committee on Nutrition and Anthropology of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences, describes how to set up and manage the assessment process, as well as how to gather the essential data.
Techniques are designed to answer key research questions on the local food system; availability of sources of vitamin a-rich food and its use by those at special risk (pregnant/lactating women, infants and young children); and cultural beliefs about food and the signs and symptoms of vitamin A deficiency. The manual is written in lay language and includes forms for data collection; it is designed for use by a field supervisor and two local research assistants in a 6-8 week research period.

The digitization of this publication was made possible by a grant from the Nestlé Foundation