Presenting my nutrition research within N2Africa at the International Congress of Nutrition

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In the previous Podcaster I shared some of my recent results of my PhD research with regard to our dietary gap assessment in Northern Ghana. I was offered the opportunity to also present these results at the International Congress of Nutrition which was held in Buenos Aires in Argentina from 15 to 20 October 2017. This large international congress is a four-yearly meeting that’s been held since 1946 and this was the 21st edition. It addressed a wide range of topics related to human nutrition, including agriculture and human nutrition.
Picture of me presenting (and feeling stunted behind the catheter...) at the IUNS conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The title of my presentation was: Does local food availability support implementation of food-based dietary recommendations in northern Ghana? I shared the methods used and results on the existing food and nutrient gaps in Northern Ghana at household and district level, emphasizing the importance of food availability to improve diets of vulnerable populations. I showed that besides nutrition-specific interventions, also nutrition-sensitive interventions are needed such as increased productivity and production of specific crops as well as market interventions that improve access to adequate amounts of a diversity of food products. It was great to have the opportunity to share my results at this conference with other nutritionist researchers. Especially because it resulted in some interesting, in-depth discussions and because it showed the importance of the potential role of agriculture in achieving nutrition improvements. In addition, I presented my earlier case study research in Ghana and Kenya with use of a poster (see picture). Due to the scale of the conference and the short time reserved for showing posters (electronic screens were used and each poster was assigned one hour for presenting along with seven others), I unfortunately only shared these results with a very few people.

Ilse de Jager, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands