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close this bookFood and Nutrition Bulletin Volume 18, Number 2, 1997 (UNU Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 1997, 118 pages)
close this folderDeveloping a national training pyramid
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Abstract

The training pyramid is a system with designated levels corresponding to types of training needed for personnel in a national nutrition programme. Each proportional level refers to the type, purpose, and content of training and the category of individuals to be trained. Level III, the upper part of the pyramid, is intended for a few professionals with master's or doctoral degrees who deal with macronutrition issues and the solution of nationwide nutrition problems through policies, programmes, macroplanning, and legislative action. Short-term training periods provide skills in studying and formulating national policies to solve malnutrition problems and translate research results into policies for the benefit of the population. Training at level II is intended to develop the research capability of professionals to undertake studies for use in formulating national policies, plans, and programmes. This level of training provides knowledge and skills in research design, information technology, statistics, identifying research needs, developing research proposals, planning and managing research activities, and comprehensively communicating technical information and results to policy makers, legislators, macroplanners, programme planners, managers, and implementers. Short courses on laboratory procedures, new methods, and use of the latest equipment should be included. Level I, the base of the pyramid, is for training professionals to translate national policies and macroplans, including research findings, into community-based programmes and projects appropriate to the existing political, economic, and socio-cultural situation. This level of training focuses on efficient and effective programme implementation and management.