Presentations are available on line for the NIPN Webinar on: “A Snapshot of Food-Based Dietary Guidelines Implementation in Selected Countries” which was conducted on October 27, 2022
In Ethiopia, malnutrition that occurs due to inadequate nutrient intakes is highly prevalent, especially among women of reproductive age and children. Reducing the risk of malnutrition and related non-communicable diseases through the utilization of diversified diet interventions is one of the important interventions to consider nowadays. Dietary diversity is the focus of many countries in the world and nutritionists too. To reduce this risk, improving diet quality is one of the recommendations suggested by researchers and for a better implementation of Food-Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG’s) that will support the transition to healthier diets.
Taking this into account, globally, over 100 countries have FBDGs and only 8 African countries have FBDGs. Through the use of FBDGs as a policy and programmatic tool, as well as an education and capacity development tool, FBDGs are helpful in promoting multi-sectoral engagement to promote food and nutrition. Additionally, FBDGs are expected to shape the food environment by setting standards for foods offered in public settings such as in schools, workplaces, hospitals, prisons, social canteens, and restaurants.
This webinar will highlight the significance of FBDGs by explaining selected FBDGs from some countries’ experiences. Dr.Ramani Wijesinha-Bettoni, who is a Nutrition Officer at FAO, will give a detailed briefing about FBDG implementation in different countries. EPHI will also share its experience in FBDG implementation in Ethiopia too.
The audience will have an opportunity to interact with the speakers during the Q&A session.
Introduction: Dr. Aregash Samuel, NIPN Ethiopia National Coordinator, Senior Researcher at the Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate, EPHI
Moderator Dr. Aregash Samuel, NIPN Ethiopia National Coordinator, Senior Researcher at the Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate, EPHI
Dr. Aregash Samuel
Speaker: Dr.Ramani Wijesinha-Bettoni, a Nutrition Officer in the Food and Nutrition Division FAO, Rome.
Panelist 1: Dr. Mulugeta Teamir, Senior Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture
Panelist 2: Dawit Alemayehu, Associate Researcher at Food Science and Nutrition Directorate, EPHI