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    Report of the regional expert consultation of the Asia-Pacific network for food and nutrition on functional foods and their implications in the daily diet 2004
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    An account of the consultation at the FAO regional office in Bangkok from 16 to 19 November 2004, attended by 21 nutrition experts from ten member countries. The term "functional foods" is not well understood and its usage varies greatly among countries. The generally accepted understanding is that functional foods provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Identification of functional foods is at very different stages in the region and it is time for the region to have an agreed technical definition for functional foods and appropriate methodologies for scientific substantiation of health claims. Appropriate regulatory mechanisms to ensure safety and efficacy of the products are also needed. Such mechanisms and regulations would be beneficial not only for the industry, but to instill greater consumer confidence in functional foods. The consultation deliberated on various aspects of functional foods, especially nutritional considerations, with the aim of promoting the improved nut ritional status and health of the population, in Asia in particular.
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    Report of the regional expert consultation of the Asia-Pacific Network for Food and Nutrition on reviewing implementation of National Food Based Dietary Guidelines 2001
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    An account of the consultation at the FAO regional office in Bangkok from 20 to 23 November 2001, which was attended by representatives of Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu and Viet Nam. The experts reviewed progress by countries in the region toward implementing food based dietary guidelines to assist in the choice of the right kind and right amount of food by people in Asia-Pacific countries. The past two decades have seen a size able increase in food production and consumption in the region, but the average diet still lacks dietary diversity, giving rise to micronutrient malnutrition and widespread protein energy malnutrition. The publication includes country presentations at the session and the recommendations that emerged from it for national action and to guide FAO's future work in this field. It also includes a section on the implementation of FAO's unique nutrition education endeavour - Feeding Minds, Fighting Hung er, a partnership of schools, governments, inter-governmental organizations, nutrition experts and non-governmental organizations.
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    Report of the regional expert consultation of the Asia-Pacific network for food and nutrition on the status of FIVIMS initiatives 2002
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    An account of the consultation at the FAO regional office in Bangkok from 19 to 22 November 2002, attended by representatives of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. The Asia-Pacific network for food and nutrition attaches great importance to the implementation of national Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping Systems (FIVIMS) systems – networks of national information systems that assemble, analyze and disseminate data on food insecurity and vulnerability. The expert consultation took stock of advances made by countries in design, implementation and monitoring of actions to address food insecurity and vulnerability. The report provides conclusions and recommendations from the papers presented and discussed, including progress by countries in the region toward implementing FIVIMS.

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