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Latin American and Caribbean seminar on food science and technology

The 6th Latin American and Caribbean Seminar on Food Science and Technology was held in San Jose, Costa Rica, 2-6 April 1990. LATINFOODS was represented by its chairman, Dr. Ricardo Bressani. A plenary session was dedicated to the Latin American food composition data system and its application to food science and technology. The Latin American and Caribbean Society of Food Science and Technology agreed to open a section on food composition within the structure of the society. Substantive contributions in an afternoon session dealt with a wide range of food analysis and food composition topics. It was reported that Venezuela Foods is now engaged in collecting and screening food composition data from a number of organizations and industries and that Chile Foods has already developed a computerized system, based on a modified data collection sheet developed by INCAP. A third activity was an informal meeting which discussed the need for a standardized food classification system in Latin America. Much data has already been collected that cannot be used because it needs to be classified and evaluated. A progress report of the First Collaborative Program of Chemical Analysis for Dietary Fiber was presented and discussed. All 14 collaborators have received the samples and some reagents (TECATOR), as well as a small grant (IPICS, Sweden).

 

International course on maternal and child nutrition

The 22nd International Course in Food Science and Nutrition will be held at the International Agricultural Centre in Wageningen, Netherlands, 7 January - 8 June 1991. The theme of the course will be "Maternal and Child Nutrition: The Prevention of the Main Nutritional Disorders in the World." This postgraduate diploma course will be of particular interest to those involved with training, research, or intervention in nutritional problems of mothers and children in developing countries.

The course will train students to identify human food and nutrition problems and provide them with adequate knowledge to formulate, implement, and evaluate programmes directed towards alleviating these problems. It is expected that participants, on returning to their home countries, will be able to work efficiently in multi-disciplinary teams to appraise and solve problems concerning food and nutrition. To reach this objective, the course will provide its participants with basic and applied knowledge of food science and nutrition in general, and particularly in relation to the theme of the course. The course programme includes a mixture of educational elements. consisting of classwork, group project work, participants' presentations, seminar discussions, workshops, and excursions.

For further information, contact: The Director, International Agricultural Centre, P.O. Box 88, 67()0 AB Wageningen, Netherlands. Telephone 08370-90111; telegrams INTAS; telex 45888-lNTAS NL; fax 08370-18552.

 

South-East Asian community nutrition training programmes

A newly structured postgraduate Community Nutrition Training Program is being offered by the Tropical Medicine and Public Health Center of the South-East Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO-TROPMED) at the University of Indonesia, implemented by several faculties of the university. It comprises two non-degree and three degree programmes:

1. non-degree

  • Advanced training programme in Management of Community Nutrition (6 months),
  • Field research programme, for students of an academic programme at another institution (6 months-2 years);

2. degree

  • Master of Applied Human Nutrition (15 months),
  • Master of Science in Applied Human Nutrition (2 years),
  • Doctor of Applied Human Nutrition (3-4 years).

It is the objective of the training programmes to direct personnel of the region responsible for the management and supervision of community nutrition activities (projects/programmes/training/research) towards the improvement of the nutritional situation at the district to regional level. Emphasis is placed on the applicability and adaptability of research to local needs and requirements in the fields of epidemiology, management, and communication rather than on basic non-applied research.

The Center maintains several important professional links with Indonesian institutions, as well as with international institutions in North America and Europe working in the South-East Asian region. SEAMED assists the Center in promoting links that enhance the quality of the training programmes. Financial support for the Center is currently provided by the Indonesian government and by the German government through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation), with supplementary support from the Canadian government.

For further information on the facilities available at the SEAMEO-TROPMED Center/Indonesia and to obtain application forms, please contact: Directorate, SEAMEO-TROPMED Center/Indonesia, University of Indonesia, 6, Salemba Raya, Jakarta 10430, Indonesia; telephone (021) 330-205, fax (021) 31-06986.

 

Asian workshop on nutrition in metropolitan areas

IUNS Committee 1/3 ("Urbanization and Nutrition"), the Malaysian Society of Nutrition, SEAMEO-TROPMED, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) are organizing, on behalf of the Sixth Asian Congress of Nutrition, a pre-conference workshop to be held 1114 September 1991 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The objective of the workshop is to stimulate projects and programmes for nutrition research and intervention in the metropolitan areas of Asia. Information on the workshop may be requested from SEAMEO-TROPMED, University of Indonesia, 6, Salemba Raya, Jakarta 10430, Indonesia, or from the organizers of the Sixth Asian Congress of Nutrition.