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Education - the key to fighting malnutrition

The key is education of the population in order to improve food security and nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean without Hunger 2025 created the first Network of Information, Communication and Food and Nutrition Education (ICEAN in Spanish) Latin America and the Caribbean.

ICEAN Network seeks to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices and strengthen human resources to promote eating habits and healthy lifestyles in the countries of the region.

"It is better to prevent the onset of malnutrition than to treat it, why nutrition education is increasingly important and the programs of food and nutrition security in the world," as well as programs for food and nutrition security in the world", said the director in nutrition FAO, Ellen Muehlhoff.

According to FAO, obesity and overweight affect 23% of adults and more than 7% of preschool children in Latin America and the Caribbean. . Currently, malnutrition affects 47 million people, but in the last 20 years great progress has been made for its eradication.

The ICEAN Network is aimed at professionals in the fields of health, agriculture, education and social development work in regional entities, ministries, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society, donors and technical experts.

"The project will be an important contribution to the universities in Latin America and the Caribbean that are conducting studies whose results will be shared through the network", said the professor of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile, Sonia Olivares.

Network activities ICEAN will be guided by an advisory committee composed of representatives of the main institutions involved in the development and implementation of policies and programs on nutrition and health.

Maria de los Angeles

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