FAO trains trainers on nutrition


June 17, 2015 By Alusine Sesay

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) yesterday commenced a three-day training of trainers workshop on Food Based Dietary Guideline and Nutrition Education.

The training, which was organized at the Shangrila Entertainment Hall on Lumley Beach Road, Aberdeen, attracted over 30 nutritionists from ministries and development organizations across the country.

In a snap address, FAO Head of Programme Implementation, David Mwesigwa, who deputised the Country Representative in Sierra Leone, said that in order to address nutrition related health problems in country, the FAO provided technical support to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security through the project “Mainstreaming Food and Nutrition Security and the Right to Food into the Smallholder Commercialization Programme”.

He noted that one of the main activities of the project was the development of a Food Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG) for Sierra Leone.

He told participants the training was very much important in that it would ensure that the guidelines were not left in shores but reflected in all homes across the country.

He said the FAO considers nutrition as integral and that it sufficed that they share idea on diets.

Solade Pyne-Bailey from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation underscored the importance of the training, thus thanking FAO for building the capacity of nutritionists across the country.

Lead Consultant and facilitator of the training, Carol Brown from South Africa noted that nutrition education is very much important.

The objectives of the training, she highlighted, include to orientate participants about the FBDG, familiarize them with methods to use FBDG in nutrition education, provide up to date science information on each of the guidelines, and to get input to develop the adaptation of the guidelines.