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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tackling Nutrition in El Alto

Though focapaci may be involved with many differing projects: from implementing new technologies to commercialisation, one of it’s biggest concerns and areas of work is the nutrition of families within El Alto. Now, this is a very important issue that needs to be addressed in El Alto as, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 30% of young people within the city suffer from nutritional problems, effecting their growth and their development as many schools have reported issues with those who suffer from nutritional problems, such as, lower grades and behavioural problems compared to those who get the nutrients that they need. One of our biggest focuses has been the development of tools that allows us to assess a family’s nutritional intake within El Alto; we plan to trial these tools with 16 families in El Alto to begin with, before hopefully expanding the project out across the rest of the families we deal with in El Alto. Finding out the nutrients that are lacking in the families diets is an important step towards helping us improve nutrition in El Alto as it would be a waste of everyone’s time to suggest a change in diet that would have little effect upon the real world health of the families. As we build upon this data, we are working on creating a more comprehensive and detailed list of the nutritional values of the vegetables that we produce and those that are available at the markets in El Alto, this improved system will allow us to tailor our suggestions of 3 products to each family we assess, that can best improve not only their nutrition but, their over-all diet.

 At a meeting at the Focapaci headquarters, discussing our plans for the cohort.

A meeting with the Focapaci producers on the concept of ‘hot-houses’ 

The dietary assessment tool created by ICS to improve the family’s nutritional intake.

Posted by: Josh Henstock

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