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Nutrition in focus: How the IAEA is helping Member States to identify, address and monitor malnutrition


Hunger is a bitter reality for much of humanity. In global terms, the Food and Agriculture Organization estimated in 2013 that 842 million people—approximately one-eighth of the world’s population—do not have enough to eat. Particularly during infancy, hunger and malnutrition can increase vulnerability to infectious diseases, stunted growth and leave children with lasting health problems. The challenge of hunger and malnutrition is reflected in the Millennium Development Goals, which call for international efforts “to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.”

But malnutrition is much more than hunger. Malnutrition can refer to over- as well as under-nutrition, and also refers to disorders like micronutrient deficiency (sometimes called ‘hidden hunger’). The IAEA is one of many organizations involved in addressing nutrition, and its technical cooperation programme is helping Member States to build capacities in the application of nuclear techniques to measure body composition, identify energy expenditure, and diagnose sarcopenia.

By providing technical expertise in the use of stable isotope techniques, furnishing equipment and training staff, the IAEA bolsters the capacity of its Member States to reduce malnutrition. Malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and even breast-feeding practices can be identified with isotopic techniques, providing data that can lead to more effective national nutrition policies.  

Multimedia   News Highlights
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Factsheets and Success Stories    Partners
Factsheets and brochures on aspects of nutrition, together with Technical Cooperation project success stories. View here

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Responsible/Contact: Department of Technical Cooperation | Last update: 14 Sep, 2015

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