Risks and Benefits of Iron

Anaemia affects 496 million non-pregnant women, 32 million pregnant women and 273 million pre-school children worldwide, especially in low and middle-income settings. Approximately half of this burden has been considered amenable to restitution of iron stores, although this proportion is smaller in malaria endemic settings. Putative effects of iron deficiency anaemia in children include impairment […]

Nutrition and Climate Change

The IUNS Task Force on Climate Change and Nutrition is taking advantage of a unique changing Global agenda that is influencing policies that affect nutrition. In this context the task force has implemented activities in preparation for the new climate agreement by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change at the COP21 in Paris 2015, […]

Gene- Nutrient Interactions: Knowledge to Action

Personalized nutrition is becoming a globally important area of research that complements knowledge and applications concerning public health nutrition. Indeed, the advances of nutrigenetics, transcriptomics, nutriepigenomics, metabolomics and systems biology are strongly contributing to pave the way to more focused nutrition in different healthy individuals and disease conditions. These views need to be coordinated with […]

Capacity Development in Nutrition

The Task Force Capacity Development was created and confirmed at the IUNS council meeting, April 2010. Activities have included: The E-Nutrition Academy – the website can be found via this link. Professional development for young nutrition scientists Re-integration grants to enable students who have graduated in nutritional sciences abroad to travel to their home country to start their […]

Redefining Diet Quality

To define a process for developing internationally useful, adaptable Dietary Quality (DQ) Indicators. These indicators must be useful for action. To use food balance or other information to evaluate DQ based on an appropriate range of intake of specific foods. To identify ways in which DQ could be improved in various environments, including agricultural and […]

Prevention and Control of Malnutrition

Establish three regional networks (south and southeast Asia; sub-Saharan Africa; Latin America) to coordinate technical expertise and develop capacity-building partnerships Raise the profile of malnutrition among health policy makers and donor agencies and advocate for increased recognition of its importance in child survival Work with partners to build capacity to prevent and treat malnutrition, especially […]


INFOODS is the International Network of Food Data Systems. It was established in 1984. It is a worldwide network of food composition experts aiming to improve the quality, availability, reliability and use of food composition data. INFOODS also stands as a forum through which international harmonization and support for food composition activities can be achieved and advocated. INFOODS is organized into several regional data centers with a global coordinator.

Traditional, indigenous, and cultural food and nutrition

Objectives of the Task Force To review and inform, as comprehensively as possible, indigenous food systems To represent the nutritional advantages and/or disadvantages of the systems To engage indigenous peoples in the scientific work of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences The 2015 Task Force report for Traditional, Indigenous and Cultural Food and Nutrition can […]

Toward Multidimensional Indicators of Child Growth and Development

The Toward Multidimensional Indicators of Child Growth and Development Task Force are holding a symposium at the IUNS-ICN on Thursday 19th October from 08.00am – 10.00am for more information please click here.  Objectives of the Task Force are: To develop a capability approach to child growth, where growth is redefined as achieving a capability set. […]