Call for papers, Publication on Food Based Approaches (FBAs) for Combating Micronutrient Deficiencie



Publication on

Food BasedApproaches (FBAs) for Combating Micronutrient Deficiencies

Food and AgricultureOrganization of the United Nations

December, 2007

More than two million people inthe world today are deficient in one or more micronutrients. This is amajor impediment to socio-economic development contributing to thevicious cycle of malnutrition and underdevelopment. Micronutrientdeficiencies have long ranging effects on health, learning ability andproductivity leading to high social and public costs, reduced workcapacity in populations due to high rates of illness and disability andtragic loss of human potential. Overcoming micronutrient malnutritionis a precondition for ensuring rapid and appropriate development.

Food Based Approaches (FBAs),which include food production, dietary diversification and foodfortification, are sustainable strategies for improving themicronutrient status of the population. Increasing access to andconsumption of a variety of micronutrient rich foods not only has apositive effect on micronutrient status but also contributes toimproved nutrition in general. The multiple social, economic and healthbenefits associated with successful FBAs that lead to year roundavailability, access and consumption of nutritionally adequate amountsand varieties of foods are clear. The nutritional well-being and healthof individuals is promoted, incomes and livelihoods supported, andcommunity and national wealth created and protected.

The publication Food BasedApproaches (FBAs) for Combating Micronutrient Deficiencies”aimsat documenting the benefits of Food Based Approaches (FBAs),particularly of dietary improvement and diversification interventions,in controlling and preventing micronutrient deficiencies. Focus of thepublication will be on practical actions for overcoming micronutrientdeficiencies in a sustainable manner through increased access to andconsumption of adequate quantities and variety of safe, good qualityfood. The publication will gather a variety ofrelevant advocacy and technical material under one cover to encourageand promote further attention and investment for such activities. Papers will be classified on the base of three maincategories:

· Policypapers setting out why FBAs are important
· Casestudies from various country level activities on what has worked
· Discussionson methodologies used for assessing cost-effectiveness highlighting theneed for improved methodologies for demonstrating the benefits of FBAsand for capturing impact

Papers arewelcomed from a wide diversity of relevant disciplines such asnutrition, agriculture, horticulture, education, communications anddevelopment. Programme managers and researchers (from universities,research institution, food industries and enterprises at various levelsand disciplines, NGO’s and international organizations) are encouragedto submit papers on one or more of activities thatraise production and improve household food security, reduce poverty,social, economic and political exclusion and marginalisation, improvewater and sanitation, education and health service delivery usingcommunity action through social mobilisation and participation as a wayof empowering the most disadvantaged. The main themes may include a)availability and accessibility of food in adequate quality andquantity; b) changes of food habits and choices towards more nutritiousdiets; c) food processing at household and community level forincreased micronutrient bioavailability and small scale industrial foodproduction and fortification for increased micro-nutrientbio-availability; d) the role of food technologists and nutritionistsin capacity building and research.

Preferencewill be given to papers describing well-designed studies, providingpotentially important findings that relate to the above topics.

As a guidepapers should be between 5.000-12.000 words, exclusive of tables,figures and references. The paper component should begin on a new pagein the following order:

-Titlepage (with the title of the article, beginning with a key word – ifpossible; the first name, middle initial and last name of the author/s;the affiliation of the author/s at the time the work was done; themailing and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers of theauthor/s; a short description of the background of the author/s)
- Abstractand key words (the abstract must include the following headings:background, objective, design, results and conclusions and shouldcontain no more than 250 words)
- Text(with introduction, subjects and methods, results and discussion) andfootnotes. The text should contain tables complete with title andfootnotes and figures complete with legends for figures
- Acknowledgments
- References

For detailedinformation and instructions for paper preparation please consult theguidelines for authors of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition(AJCN).

If you wouldbe interested in submitting a paper please contact A link on the FAO web-site ( will soon be available for thesubmission of papers.

***Papersmust be received by end October, 2007***
To receivemore information about the publication please contact:

BrianThompson, Senior Nutrition Officer Household Food Security andCommunity Nutrition Group, Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division(AGN), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization:

Leslie Amoroso, Consultant,Household Food Security and Community Nutrition Group, Nutrition andConsumer Protection Division (AGN), United Nations Food and AgricultureOrganization: