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Latin America and the Caribbean earns net food and nutrition education

Obesity, which affects 23% of adults, and malnutrition, which affects 47 million, are the main objectives of the program

 
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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean without Hunger 2025 created the first Network of Information, Communication and Food and Nutrition Education (ICEAN in Spanish) Latin America and the Caribbean.

The project aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices and strengthening of human resources to develop eating habits and healthy lifestyles in the region.

It is better to prevent the onset of malnutrition than treat it, why nutrition education is increasingly important, as well as programs for food and nutrition security in the world, said the director in nutrition FAO, Ellen Muehlhoff, on Wednesday (30).

The Network ICEAN is aimed at professionals in the fields of health, agriculture, education and social development work in regional bodies, ministries, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society, donors and technical experts.

The project will be an important contribution to the universities in Latin America and the Caribbean that are conducting studies whose results will be shared through the network, said the professor of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile, Sonia Olivares.

Network activities ICEAN will be guided by an advisory committee composed of representatives of the main institutions involved in the development and implementation of policies and programs on nutrition and health.

According to FAO, obesity and overweight affect 23% of adults and more than 7% of children of preschool age in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, malnutrition affects 47 million people, but in the last 20 years great progress has been made for its eradication.

Source: ONU
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