Kigali – 2 September 2019. Africa is hit by the double burden of malnutrition. Alongside persistent undernutrition, the figures for obesity and lifestyle diseases are rising at an alarming rate.
At the African conference on Nutrition of the Federation of African Nutrition Societies (FANUS) in Kigali, 26-29 August 2019, Choices had organized a symposium in the plenary scientific program of the conference. The Choices symposium positioned the double burden of malnutrition as the upcoming key nutrition issue of the continent, and discussed actions to improve food choice and nutrient intake such as the Nigerian heart logo, the Good Food logo in Zambia and the Choices program, as well as collaboration with the food industry for example in national SUN Business networks.
The Choices symposium was attended by more than 400 African nutrition experts. The symposium conclusions resonated in the conference declaration, that has been agreed by all participants at the end of the conference. This declaration urged “to stimulate collective actions to nudge consumers to healthier choices” in the face of the double burden of malnutrition.
The presentations of the speakers of the Choices symposium can be found here:
- Prof. Ngozi Nnam, Nigerian University in Nsukka and president of FANUS
- Dr Kingsley Akinroye, CEO of the Nigerian Heart Foundation
- Mr Raphael Siwiti, World Food Programme
- Mr Rutger Schilpzand, Choices International