ERIC Number: ED207710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Nutritional Problems and Policy in Tanzania. Cornell International Nutrition Monograph Series, Number 7 (1980).
This monograph discusses policies designed to deal with food and nutrition problems in Tanzania. Available information on food supplies and nutritional conditions in Tanzania clearly shows that the country faces nutritional problems; protein energy malnutrition is the most serious and requires priority action. Iron deficiency anemia, goiter, and vitamin A deficiency are also prevalent. Although current data show that the food supply situation is improving after the low production levels of the early 1970s, the distribution of food still remains unequal. A review of various national policies shows that there is hope for nutritional improvement. Agriculture is geared toward food self-sufficiency, the health care system is rurally based and emphasizes disease prevention, and income policies attempt to reduce large disparities in incomes at the same time they raise income levels. In order to achieve rapid improvements in nutrition it is suggested that a more coordinated approach is required, for which a national food and nutrition policy is necessary. This approach has already been adapted in Tanzania. Efforts should, however, continue to place emphasis on the role of nutrition in overall development so that all sectors recognize their potential contribution to nutritional improvement. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Anemia, Developing Nations, Diseases, Educational Policy, Food, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Health Conditions, Hunger, Needs Assessment, Nutrition, Policy Formation, Poverty, Socioeconomic Influences, World Problems
Dr. Michael C. Latham, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Savage Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 ($3.00). Make checks payable to Cornell University.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Nutritional Sciences Div. at Cornell Univ.
Identifiers - Location: Tanzania