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International symposium

The Applied Nutrition Research Paradigm: challenges, opportunities and future expectations for the Global South

NUTRITION THIRD WORLD INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM with the support of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences


BRUSSELS, Friday 27 September 2019

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Nutrition Third World (NTW) is an independent Belgian not-for-profit association that provides financial and academic support for applied nutrition research — conducted by local scientists and local institutions from the Global South — to contribute to sustainable and inclusive global development. NTW aims to strengthen nutrition research capacity, policy development and locally embedded initiatives that provide long-lasting solutions for nutritional problems for socially and economically deprived populations in low- and middle-income countries.

First and foremost, the NTW international symposium (and post-symposium network event) celebrates 35 years of tireless efforts to address multiple forms of malnutrition in the Global South. It is a unique moment to discuss challenges, opportunities and expectations of state-of-art applied nutrition research in low- and middle-income countries. Furthermore, it provides a platform for past (and present) NTW grantees — from various continents — to disseminate the instrumental role NTW has played in their professional scientific and personal development. In addition, interactive discussions will be held with regard to the potential uptake and application of nutrition research by local government, NGO’s, and international and bilateral aid agencies and the impact of applied nutrition research on local contexts.

Second, the NTW international symposium will host a range of public and private stakeholders sharing parallel experiences of equitable partnerships and horizontal cooperation in nutrition research in the Global South. Moreover, a panel of international experts will debate topics with regard to future nutrition research priority settings, the challenges of depolarising funding opportunities for researchers in low- and middle-income countries, etc.

Third, the NTW international symposium will host a range of philanthropy foundations, international development organisations and NGO’s to discuss the (redefined) role of philanthropy in shaping nutrition priority settings and research agendas for improved global nutrition in the years to come.



Introductory session

The inception, philosophy and evaluation of Nutrition Third World - dr. Denis GOLDSCHMIDT

Objectives of the symposium and (scientific) program Prof. dr. Patrick KOLSTEREN (UGent - Managing Director NTW)

A new paradigm for nutrition research in low- and middleincome countries? dr. Richmond ARYEETEY (University of Ghana)

NTW funded research

Prof. dr. Martin KIMANYA (Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology)

dr. Peter MAMIRO (Sokoine University of Agriculture)

Prof. dr. Angélica OCHOA AVILÉS (University of Cuenca)

dr. Laetitia Céline TOE (Principal Investigator MISAME III – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Parallel experiences of equitable partnerships and horizontal cooperation for nutrition research in developing countries

Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)

International Fund for Sciences (IFS) (dr. Nathalie Persson - Scientific Programme Coordinator)

Bank Degroof-Petercam & Fondation Marie et Alain PHILIPPSON

Nestlé Foundation (dr. Paolo Suter - Director)

Q&A session

Panel discussion