IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN)

October 15 - 20: The Sociedad Argentina de Nutrición (SAN) will be in charge of managing this edition of the IUNS-ICN, a four yearly meeting that has been held since 1946. This edition's theme is “From Sciences to Nutrition Security”. The event aims to address the key aspects of nutrition in a multicultural environment, from state-of-the-art reviews to cutting edge nutritional science information, encouraging the exchange of knowledge to enhance nutriiton security.

For more information and registration: http://www.icn2017.com/index.php?seccion=information&subSeccion=welcome

Indicative list of sessions at ICN

 October 15

8.30am - 1.00pm: Lessons learned from multi-sectoral implementation of nutrition programs (sponsored by the SPRING project managed by JSI and comprising partners HKI, Save the Children and The Manoff Group).

2.00pm - 4.00pm: Hosted by Helen Keller International (HKI): Promotion and consumption of commercially-produced snacks during the complementary feeding period:  Country experiences, policy implications. HKI Assessment & Research on Child Feeding (ARCH) project has organized this session to explore the promotion and consumption of commercial snack products among young children and their impact on micronutrient status, dietary patterns, and nutritional status. Policy and program options to address high consumption of commercial snack products by young children will be presented and discussed.  

2.00pm - 4.15pm: Hosted by Helen Keller International (HKI): Farm to Fork—Pathways to Nutrition Outcomes and Implementation Challenges of Integrated Agriculture-Programs. Part 1: Implementation challenges for integrated nutrition sensitive agriculture programs. The purpose of this session is to examine the design and implementation challenges that affect the planning, coordination, and implementation of integrated agriculture-nutrition programs, including inputs, buy-in, coordination, planning, and delivery platforms across multiple sectors, stakeholders, actors and systems that have varying interests, mandates and capacities. The session will also share lessons on how to overcome these challenges.

2.00pm - 6.30pm: Hosted by World Food Programme and Save the Children (with support from BMZ and CIFF): ‘Fill the Nutrient Gap’ with ‘Cost of the Diet’ to inform Nutrition Policy and Programming. The objective of this session is to share the achievements in countries where the Fill the Nutrient Gap (FNG) tool has been used to identify context-specific solutions to improve nutrition throughout the lifecycle across food, health, and social protection systems. There will be specific focus on the Cost of the Diet (CotD) component (used to determine the lowest cost nutritious diet using locally available foods and assessing its affordability based on household food expenditure) of the analysis and on how the FNG and CotD analyses are conducted.  

4.30pm - 6.30pm: Hosted by Helen Keller International (HKI): Farm to Fork—Pathways to Nutrition Outcomes and Implementation Challenges of Integrated Agriculture-Programs. Part 2: Evidence of impact of integrated agriculture-nutrition programs. Using case examples, the purpose of this session is to examine evidence, opportunities, and challenges in measuring agriculture-to-nutrition impact pathways - including increasing the availability and diversity of diverse foods via household production; increasing income through the sale of surplus production; increasing knowledge and adoption of optimal nutrition practices, and increasing women’s social status and empowerment, thus influencing nutritional outcomes through gender-related factors - in integrated programs. 

4.30pm - 6.30pm: First Foods - Accelerating progress to improve the quality of complementary foods and feeding practices for children (sponsored by UNICEF)

October 16

11.30am - 1.30pm: Monitoring and enforcement of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes:  Experiences with a new WHO/UNICEF protocol (organized by WHO and UNICEF)

October 17

8.00am - 10.00am: Using implementation research to build better multisectoral programs for improving maternal and child nutrition outcomes (organized by the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition and IFPRI)

8.00am - 10.00am: Research and Scaling Up Nutritionally Sensitive Agricultural Innovations (organized by International Development Research Centre and Global Affairs Canada)

11.00am - 1.30pm: Shaping global food systems for better nutrition (organized by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition)

October 19

11.30am to 1.30pm: How can communications for Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition be improved? Lessons from South Asia (organized by South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network)


The full scientific program of ICN can be downloaded here. 



Sunday October 15, 2017
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Start Time:
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End Time:
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