Network for Capacity Development in Nutrition

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UNU/SCN Network for Capacity Development in Nutrition for Central and Eastern Europe[edit]

The UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN), established a set of working groups (WG) on Capacity Development (CD) in close collaboration with the United Nations University (UNU). The Network had one initial meeting in 2005 and five meetings between 2006 and 2010; results are published in scientific journals and the reports are available on the Network's official website. Currently there are nine SCN WGs, of which NCDNCEE is one. NCDNCEE Capacity Development in food and nutrition is much more than formal training. It includes human resource development, organizational, institutional and legal framework development with aim of enhancing knowledge and skills. This is essential for the contribution of professionals to the improvement of the food and nutrition situation in all countries. CD is a long term, continuing process, gives primacy to national priorities, plans, policies and processes. Participants over the last years came from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Macedonia, Hungary, Poland, Republika Srpska, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and facilitators came from the Netherlands and Norway.

Network for Capacity Development in Nutrition and link to following EC Projects:

  • EURRECA – European Micronutrient Recommendation Aligned
  • EuroFIR NEXUS - European Food Information Resource Network (EuroFIR)
  • DIETS - Dieticians Improving Education Training Standards across Europe, Thematic Network for Dieticians in Europe

The general objective of the NCDN CEE Network is to initiate and support CD activities in research and training in CEE countries based on country specific needs. Specifically to the region the objectives will be linked to the specific topics of interest for the Network at any time. This is to be open for new challenges following the changes in the various countries over time.

Established in 1974 by FAO and European research institutions, the European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture (ESCORENA) became an umbrella for cooperation between research institutions focused on food, agriculture and related fields. Since its foundation, ESCORENA has expanded to include 19 networks, including UNU/SCN NCDN CEE. In 2009 with the financial support of FAO REU and technical support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, a new server was set up in Rome to serve as common technical background for the AgroWeb Network, ESCORENA and the Thematic Knowledge Networks operational in the framework of ESCORENA in the region.

Publications[edit]

  • Mirjana Pavlovic, Cornelia Witthöft, Peter Hollman, Paul Hulshof, Maria Glibetic Janka Porubska, Fré Pepping, Arne Oshaug. Training and capacity building in central and eastern Europe through the EuroFIR and CEE networks. Food Chemistry 2009; 113:846-850
  • Pavlovic M, Pepping F, Michal D, Biro L, Szabolcs P, Dimitrovska Z, Duleva V, Parvan C, Filipovic H.A, Glibetic M, Oshaug A . Turning Dilemmas into opportunities: A UNU/SCN Capacity Development Network in Public Nutrition in Central and Eastern Europe, Public Health Nutrition 2009; 12/8, 1046-1051
  • Gurinovic M, Witthoft CM, Tepsic J, Ranic M, Hulshof PJM, Hollman PC, Porubska J Gohar A, Debeljak-Martacic J, Petrovic-Oggiano G, Novakovic R, Glibetic M and Oshaug A. Capacity development in food composition database management and nutritional research and education in Central and Eastern European, Middle Eastern and North African countries, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2010) 64, S134–S138

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Video[edit]

from the 6th Annual Meeting of the UNU/SCN NCDNCEE - the 5 year retrospective assessment of the Network results, achievements and future activities, 25–26 May 2011, Belgrade, Serbia is available on the YouTube