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Update on the Caribbean Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition: 'Adding Value to Local Foods'

In October 2013, CTA, in collaboration with the Caribbean Council for Science and Technology (CCST), the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the University of the West Indies (UWI), Columbus Communications Trinidad Limited (FLOW Trinidad) and the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, launched the second Caribbean Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition 'Adding Value to Local Foods'. This thematic focus responds to the Caribbean food and nutrition policy priorities on food availability and utilisation which emphasise promotion of the sustainable production, commercialisation and consumption of safe, affordable, nutritious quality Caribbean food commodities/products. The competition encourages creative, technology savvy young professionals (persons 18-35 years) with a passion for communicating ideas and an interest in leveraging science and technology for agricultural and economic development to participate. Eighty-four (84) entries were received from 12 countries; Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Suriname, the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago.   The dominant theme selected by entrants was; 'Promoting the benefits of local foods', followed by 'Processing option' and 'Consumer/market driven approaches'. Following the evaluation by the expert panel, sixty (60) teams were selected to participate in a hands-on customised training workshop in film and animation that was held in Port of Spain, Trinidad from 7-11 April 2014. Next steps: Each team will be assigned two mentors; a scientist and an expert in film and video production who will oversee the final production of films and videos for showcasing during the competition finals. The deadline date for submission of videos is 1 July 2014. All of the films and videos will be broadcast on-line over a four week period. Winners will be chosen by on-line audiences as well as a jury of scientists and film makers.  Click this link to browse through the photos of the latest training workshop. Previously published information on the competition.The competition website and the competition's facebook page. Download the press release.


Call for input: HLPE study on critical and emerging issues in the area of food security and nutrition

Call for input: HLPE study on critical and emerging issues in the area of food security and nutrition    Deadline: 15 March 2014     


Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

Dates: 15–17 May 2014     Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia      

Thursday 15 May 2014 - Saturday 17 May 2014

World public health nutrition association

The World Public Health Nutrition Association is an individual membership organisation. It provides a professional certification scheme for members who work in public health nutrition. It advocates at local, national, and international level, and provides leadership and scholarship to strengthen the evidence base for effective action. It works to strengthen the capacity for action by working with partners to build the system and structure in which a well-trained workforce can operate.  It publishes World Nutrition, content of which is available via the website.   


Functional foods: British nutrition foundation

This website explains how functional foods deliver additional or enhanced benefits over and above their basic nutritional value. Some functional foods are generated around a particular functional ingredient, for example foods containing probiotics, prebiotics, or plant stanols and sterols. Other functional foods or drinks can be foods fortified with a nutrient that would not usually be present to any great extent (e.g., folic acid fortified bread or breakfast cereals).  Functional foods and drinks may provide benefits in health terms, but should not be seen as an alternative to a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.  


The micronutrient initiative

The Micronutrient Initiative is a team of experts who are aiming to develop cost-effective applications of micronutrients with large scale impact and keeping administrative costs low. The plan is to develop sustainable solutions, empowering communities so that the solutions become a permanent way of life. The Initiative is results-oriented, targeting regions where the greatest impact can be made. Open and transparent, with good governance as a guiding principle.   


Scaling up nutrition

Scaling Up Nutrition is an initiative to improve nutrition worldwide. Its key principles are:   Start from the principle that what ultimately matters is what happens at the country level. Individual country nutrition strategies must be country-“owned” and built on the country’s specific needs and capacities. Sharply scale up evidence-based cost-effective interventions to prevent and treat undernutrition, with highest priority to the minus 9 to 24 month window of opportunity where we get the highest returns from investments. Take a multi-sectoral approach that includes integrating nutrition in related sectors and using indicators of undernutrition as one of the key measures of overall progress in these sectors. Provide substantially scaled up domestic and external assistance for country-owned nutrition programmes and capacity. This includes support for strengthening the evidence base  – through better data, monitoring and evaluation, and research – and, importantly, for advocacy,


Secure nutrition knowledge platform

SecureNutrition is one of six of the World Bank's Knowledge Platforms, all of which aim to contribute to the shift toward open development: open data, open knowledge and open solutions. SecureNutrition is working to bridge the operational knowledge gap between agriculture, food security, and nutrition. This platform offers a space to exchange experiences and to disseminate and gather information.   


The food security and nutrition (FSN) network

The Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network is an open community of food security and nutrition implementers seeking to create opportunities to share information, shape agendas, understand and influence donor priorities, build consensus on promising practices, and widely diffuse technical knowledge. The FSN Network is managed by Technical and Operational Performance Support Program, a USAID/Food For Peace (FFP)-funded programme seeking to build the capacity of FFP grantees and other food security and nutrition implementers.  


IFAD – food security, health and nutrition

The International Fund for Agricultural Development has information on conducting research and assessing levels of nutrition and food security. These include rapid nutrition surveys which can reinforce project monitoring and evaluation systems by establishing benchmarks that can be used to estimate project impact during mid-term reviews and completion evaluations. These surveys also enable IFAD’s contribution to reaching global targets for poverty alleviation and the elimination of hunger to be demonstrated more easily.