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General News of Tuesday, 29 April 1997

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Food Nutritionists Asked To Address National Needs

Legon Professor Samuel Sefa-Dede, Country Director of the Hunger Project has said that training of food scientists and nutritionists should be made to meet national needs He said "there are a lot of things happening as far as nutrition and food science are concerned and we need people with the right information to analyse them for planning and implementing policies which favour the local setting". For example, he said, the problem of post harvest has been with the country for a long time and "we need people who have ideas to solve it while others have to check on the safety of food entering the country".

Prof Sefa-Dede was speaking at the launching of the "Nutrition and Food Science Society Week". It is under the theme: "Towards an Achievable Vision 2020: The role of the Nutritionist and Food scientist". The week is to create awareness on the role of the nutritionist and food scientist in national development and activities planned include, outreach programmes, picnic, as well as radio and television discussions.