Combating Micronutrient Deficiencies:Food-based Approaches


Combating Micronutrient
Food-based Approaches

Edited by
Brian Thompson and Leslie Amoroso

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Rome, 2011

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Micronutrient deficiencies affect more than two billion people in the world today. With long-ranging effects on health, learning ability and productivity they contribute to the vicious cycle of malnutrition, underdevelopment and poverty. Food-based approaches, which include food production, dietary diversification and food fortification, are sustainable strategies for improving the micronutrient status of populations and raising levels of nutrition. Combating Micronutrient Deficiencies: Food-based Approaches focuses on practical, sustainable actions for overcoming micronutrient deficiencies through increased availability, access to and consumption of adequate quantities and appropriate varieties of safe, good quality food. The volume brings together the available knowledge, success stories and lessons learned to demonstrate that foodbased approaches are viable, sustainable and long-term solutions to overcoming micronutrient malnutrition. This booklet is a summary of the publication and contains the abstracts and the list of key words for each chapter.

Combating Micronutrient Deficiencies: Food-based Approaches is a useful resource for policymakers, agronomists, food and nutrition security planners, programme implementers and health workers.

Table of contents

About the Editors


B. Thompson and L. Amoroso

1. Strategies for Preventing Multi-micronutrient Deficiencies: a Review of Experiences with Food-based Approaches in Developing Countries
R.S. Gibson

2. Addressing Micronutrient Malnutrition to Achieve Nutrition Security
P. Shetty

3. Agricultural Interventions and Nutrition: Lessons from the Past and New Evidence
M. Arimond, C. Hawkes, M.T. Ruel, Z. Sifri, P.R. Berti, J.L. Leroy, J.W. Low, L.R. Brown and E.A. Frongillo

4. A 3-year Cohort Study to Assess the Impact of an Integrated Food- and Livelihood-based Model on Undernutrition in Rural Western Kenya
J. Fanzo, R. Remans, P.M. Pronyk, J. Negin, J. Wariero, P. Mutuo, J. Masira, W. Diru, E. Lelerai, D. Kim, B. Nemser, M. Muñiz, C. Palm, P. Sanchez, S. Ehrlich Sachs and J.D. Sachs

5. Food-based, Low-cost Strategies to Combat Micronutrient Deficiencies: Evidence-based Interventions in Lesotho and Malawi
J.M. Aphane, N. Pilime and N.J. Saronga

6. Animal-source Foods as a Food-based Approach to Address Nutrient Deficiencies and Functional Outcomes: a Study among Kenyan Schoolchildren
C.G. Neumann, N.O. Bwibo, C.A. Gewa and N. Drorbaugh

7. Small-animal Revolving Funds: an Innovative Programming Model to Increase Access to and Consumption of Animal-source Foods by Rural Households in Malawi
A.C. MacDonald, B.J. Main, R.H. Namarika, M.E. Yiannakis and A.M. Mildon

8. Aquaculture’s Role in Improving Food and Nutrition Security
B. Thompson and R. Subasinghe

9. A Home Gardening Approach Developed in South Africa to Address Vitamin A Deficiency
M. Faber and S. Laurie

10. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center’s Approach to Alleviate Malnutrition
M.L. Chadha, L.M. Engle, J. d’A. Hughes, D.R. Ledesma and K.M. Weinberger

11. Introducing Vegetables into the India Mid-day Meal (MDM) Programme: the Potential for Dietary Change
E. Muehlhoff, R. Ramana, H. Gopalan and P. Ramachandran

12. Developing Micronutrient-rich Snacks for Pre-conception and Antenatal Health: the Mumbai Maternal Nutrition Project (MMNP)
D. Shivashankaran, S. Gurumurthy, S.H. Kehoe, P.S. Chheda, B.M. Margetts, P. Muley-Lotankar, A. Agarwal, N. Brown, S.A. Sahariah, V. Taskar, C.H.D. Fall
and R.D. Potdar

13. Approaches and Lessons Learned for Promoting Dietary Improvement in Pohnpei, Micronesia
L. Englberger, A. Lorens, M. Pretrick, B. Raynor, J. Currie, A. Corsi, L. Kaufer, R.I. Naik, R. Spegal and H.V. Kuhnlein

14. A Food Systems Approach to Increase Dietary Zinc Intake in Bangladesh based on an Analysis of Diet, Rice Production and Processing
A.B. Mayer, M.C. Latham, J.M. Duxbury, N. Hassan and E.A. Frongillo

15. Combating Iron Deficiency: Food-based Approaches
B. Thompson

16. Human Micronutrient Deficiencies: Linkages with Micronutrient Deficiencies in Soils, Crops and Animal Nutrition
M. Nubé and R.L. Voortman

17. Nationwide Supplementation of Sodium Selenate to Commercial Fertilizers: History and 25-year Results from the Finnish Selenium Monitoring Programme
G. Alfthan, P. Aspila, P. Ekholm, M. Eurola, H. Hartikainen, H. Hero, V. Hietaniemi, T. Root, P. Salminen, E.-R. Venäläinen and A. Aro

18. Leaf Concentrate and Other Benefi ts of Leaf Fractionation
M.N.G. Davys, F.-C. Richardier, D. Kennedy, O. de Mathan, S.M. Collin, J. Subtil, E. Bertin and M.J. Davys

19. Disability-adjusted Life Years (DALYs): a Methodology for Conducting Economic Studies of Food-based Interventions such as Biofortification
S. Pérez Suárez


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