26-28 August 2014
Food vs nutrition security: feed the people, well
Dr Norah Omot
Nutritional security is often not adequately considered and addressed in many agricultural research and development (R&D) projects despite the wide occurrence of malnutrition. In many countries malnutrition constitutes a ‘double burden’ with under-nutrition and increasing obesity happening at the same time. Nutritional insecurity occurs either as a result of choice, of not knowing the nutritive value of food and their importance in diet, and/or of ‘force’ through deficiencies in food supply systems.
An assessment of the smallholder farming environment in PNG revealed environments that are vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity. While attempts had been made to increase productivity of commodities in demand in these areas, less attention had been given to nutrition. This disconnect can be addressed by:
The presentation will illustrate the possibilities of traditional vegetables through: