BIFAD has had a strong and lasting interest in human and institutional capacity development (HICD). They commissioned a study that developed a substantive report on this theme in 2014 and followed it up with an e-consultation that engaged a broad group of stakeholders concerning their HICD report, as well as other APLU reports on closely related topics (African Higher Education and Good Practices in Leveraging Long Term Training for Institutional Capacity Strengthening). BIFAD made recommendations to the USAID Administrator, and those recommendations are influencing USAID thinking on the topic.
BIFAD’s next step is to learn more about the cutting edge of human nutrition research, especially as it relates to development of human capacity and more broadly, human well-being as a pre-requisite for economic and social development. The Board is sponsoring a side-event on 14 October 2015 at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, IA on this general theme. The event will be two hours duration, half of which will consist of a panel of experts giving short presentations on relevant topics, and the remaining half will be discussion with the audience and panelists. The tentative title for the side event is: Building Human Capital: Nutrition is Fundamental.
The BIFAD is reaching out to nutrition experts from the higher education community for suggested panelists with a solid research background that touches on the themes of the dual burden of over and under nutrition, the economic and social impact of malnutrition, and the loss of human capacity due to sub-optimal nutrition. Both established researchers and ‘rising stars’ from across the globe in the nutrition community are sought as panelists at this event.
The kinds of questions we would like the panelists to address include:
- What are emerging trends in the global pattern of malnutrition (over and under nutrition)?
- What are the impact of malnutrition on the cognitive and the physical development of children and adults?
- What is the economic and social impact of this loss of human capacity due to malnutrition?
- What are examples of successful, evidence-based nutrition interventions?
If you have speakers that you would like to recommend for this event, please click on the following link and share your ideas with the BIFAD in a short survey.