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altIn collaboration with FAO, CFNI organized a symposium

which included several Agriculture Ministers and senior

agriculture and Food specialists in the region to identify clear

guidelines on how agriculture/food policies can impact on

obesity and NCDs through the availability of healthy foods, the

behaviour of consumers to make healthy food choices, and how

these in turn can stimulate growth in the food and agriculture

sectors.This CAJANUS issue presents the keynote presentations

of the symposium.

In the previous issue of CAJANUS, some commonly used Caribbean staple foods, fruits and vegetables as well as legumes and nuts were presented. The remaining two of the six Caribbean Food Groups, namely Foods from Animals, and Fats and Oils are the focus of this issue that highlights many

attractive and healthy choices.


This issue of CAJANUS, and the next, will discuss the nutrient content and health benefits of some commonly used foods in the Caribbean. This issue focuses on: Staples, Legumes and Nuts, Fruits and Vegetables – four of the six Caribbean Food Groups.

For over forty years in the Caribbean, we have been using growth references to help in assessing and monitoring the nutritional status of young children. WHO has released new child growth references which will replace those currently used in the region and elsewhere.

This issue of CAJANUS focuses on several important aspects of chronic diseases. The burden, complexity and cost of these diseases are collectively threatening the ability of Caribbean countries to improve the overall health of its citizens. The wide-ranging effects of chronic diseases necessitate all sectors of society to be more aware of the conditions and  accelerators of their disabling and life threatening conditions.

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