Animal Source Food for Malnutrition Solution

In 2012, the World Health Assembly recognised that child stunting was ‘one of the most significant impediments to human development’ and resolved to decrease the number of children under five who are stunted by 40% by 2025. Indonesia is a country with the fifth-largest stunting prevalence and Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) showed that 37.2% in 2013 and 30.8% in 2018 were stunted.

The lack of dietary diversity along with low consumption levels of animal source foods (ASF) are recognized as critical gaps for vulnerable children, especially in the Low-Middle Income Countries (LMICs). World Health Organization (2014) described ASF as the best source of high-quality nutrient-dense food for 6–23 months of age children. A linear programming study by Fahmida et al. (2015) found that consumption of ASF, like anchovy and chicken liver, can increase the intake of calcium, iron, niacin, and zinc of 9-16 mo children in East Lombok. ASF have a positive effect on cognitive ability, growth outcomes and the level of social confidence/interactions of school-age children.

Increasing human population, income, and education level causes an increasing global demand for ASF in LMIC. On the other hand, livestock production contributes to environmental pollution in different ways, for instance, the green-house gas emission, extensive usage of land, and antimicrobial resistance

Sustainable livestock production system becomes a necessity to be able to provide nutritious food with minimum negative environmental impact. This will require multidisciplinary collaborations among stakeholders, e.g. livestock and human nutrition, as well as policymakers and environmentalists to improve the accessibility and affordability of ASF in low-income countries while minimizing the negative environmental impact of ASF production.

In this webinar, we will share evidence on the role of animal source foods to solve undernutrition and strategies to improve the accessibility and affordability of ASF in low-income countries while minimizing the negative environmental impact of ASF production on the environment.





The speakers: 

Dr. Umi Fahmida, SEAMEO RECFON: Animal source foods to meet nutrient adequacy: finding from linear programming analyses in stunting priority districts in Indonesia

Dr. Barbara Haesler The Royal Veterinary College, UK: Food systems approaches to deliver the right animal source foods to the people

Ir. R. Anang Noegroho Setyo Moeljono, MEM*, Director of Food and Agriculture, National Planning Board (Bappenas), Indonesia: National strategies to improve availability and consumption of animal source foods in Indonesia

Discussion Moderator: Dr. Grace Wangge, PhD, SEAMEO RECFON


Event details

When: 25 January, 2021 - 7:00 am

Where: Online