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Engaging communities in a sustainable dietary approach: A Thai perspective

Author: Smitasiri, Suttilak

Source: Food & Nutrition Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 2, June 2000 , pp. 149-156(8)

Publisher: Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation

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Abstract:

Lessons learned from developing countries indicate that various development attempts, including nutrition, are not sustained because of inadequate community participation. Although technologies can be introduced, their sustainability will depend almost entirely on the local population. More than a decade of experience in promoting consumption of vitamin A–rich foods in Thailand points to the understanding of contexts and trends of overall national development, strategic positioning of the change process, effective social mobilization, and importance of policy communication as being essential for engaging communities in sustainable endeavours. Information technology, current diet, and the health movement as well as future development approaches will lead to improved opportunities for a sustainable dietary approach. However, the need to reconsider the current nutrition science paradigm and the new market system remains a challenge.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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  • Established in 1978, the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation.

    The focus of the journal is to highlight original scientific articles on nutrition research, policy analyses, and state-of-the-art summaries relating to multidisciplinary efforts to alleviate the problems of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world.

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