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Indigenous peoples' food systems for health: finding interventions that work

  • Harriet Kuhnlein (a1), Bill Erasmus (a1), Hilary Creed-Kanashiro (a1), Lois Englberger (a1), Chinwe Okeke (a1), Nancy Turner (a1), Lindsay Allen (a1) and Lalita Bhattacharjee (a1)
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This is a short report of a ‘safari’ held in conjunction with the International Congress of Nutrition in September 2005, in Futululu, St. Lucia, South Africa. Participants were several members of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Task Force on Indigenous Peoples' Food Systems and Nutrition, other interested scientists and members of the Kwa Zulu indigenous community. The paper describes the rationale for and contributions towards understanding what might be successful interventions that would resonate among indigenous communities in many areas of the world. A summary of possible evaluation strategies of such interventions is also given.

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