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CTA. 2002. E-nutrition today. Spore 101. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The conference on Information Technology Advances in Nutrition in Africa ITANA 2002 held in Nairobi, Kenya from 21 25 July 2002 was not at all the tame, technical gathering that some had expected. Instead, it was an enriching meeting of more...
The conference on Information Technology Advances in Nutrition in Africa ITANA 2002 held in Nairobi, Kenya from 21-25 July 2002 was not at all the tame, technical gathering that some had expected. Instead, it was an enriching meeting of more than 500 nutrition experts and IT innovators from some 25 African countries. Together, they developed some exciting new recipes for using IT to improve nutrition programmes. Several dozen papers were presented in a flurry of workshops, mainly from eastern and southern Africa, and from as far afield as Australia, India, North America and Poland. The major focus was on the management and analysis of data, ranging from overviews of food composition (where the potential for exchange between countries was viewed as a key issue) to dietary analysis. A second application which had many people talking was in distance learning, where nutrition workers conduct their own training through CD-ROMs and courses distributed through the Internet. The most popular part of the meeting was, by all accounts, the series of 'poster sessions' where participants exhibited and explained their work to each other. It was a zappy event, with the organisers endless energy sometimes going unacknowledged the pre-conference electronic forum, a new fad in meetings which has yet to find its place, failed to generate any discussion of substance. Opened by President Moi of Kenya, and organised by the nutrition departments of the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Egerton University, the conference was supported primarily by CTA, the Micronutrient Initiative, the Nestlé Foundation and the development agencies of Canada, Germany and Sweden.