Thought-Provoking Perspectives on Stunting






Co-Organized by the National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN), the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and the International Food Policy Research …

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Thought-Provoking Perspectives on Stunting

Co-Organized by the National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN), the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

What does stunting really mean? And do children residing at higher altitudes have systematically different linear growth trajectories?

The past decade has seen unprecedented attention going to undernutrition, and drastically reducing child stunting has become a global development objective. The focus on linear growth retardation and stunting led to successful advocacy for nutrition but also revealed confusion and misunderstanding about the meaning of these terms among researchers, donors, and agencies active in nutrition. Based on a critical review of the literature, the webinar will challenge current views on the consequences of linear growth retardation and stunting. It will call for fundamentally different ways of using linear growth and stunting as measures of global development.

The webinar will present a significant and underappreciated additional factor to child growth faltering: Altitude. Analyzing data from nearly 1 million children in 59 low- and middle-income countries, the study will share insights into the association between child growth faltering and residence at high altitude. The implications of altitude-mediated growth restrictions to nutrition targets will also be discussed.

Introduction:
- Dr. Aregash Samuel, Deputy Director of the Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate (FSNRD) at EPHI and the NIPN National Coordinator in Ethiopia

Moderator:
- Cornelia van Zyl, Senior Technical and Policy Advisor at IFPRI for the NIPN in Ethiopia

Presenters:
- Dr. Jef Leroy, Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division
- Dr. Kaleab Baye, Associate Professor at the Center for Food Science and Nutrition, Addis Ababa University