Journal article

Food composition tables in resource-poor settings: exploring current limitations and opportunities, with a focus on animal-source foods in sub-Saharan Africa

Julia de Bruyn, Elaine Ferguson, Margaret Allman-Farinelli, Ian Darnton-Hill, Wende Maulaga, John Msuya, Robyn Alders

BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

Animal-source foods (ASF) have the potential to enhance the nutritional adequacy of cereal-based diets in low- and middle-income countries, through the provision of high-quality protein and bioavailable micronutrients. The development of guidelines for including ASF in local diets requires an understanding of the nutrient content of available resources. This article reviews food composition tables (FCT) used in sub-Saharan Africa, examining the spectrum of ASF reported and exploring data sources for each reference. Compositional data are shown to be derived from a small number of existing data sets from analyses conducted largely in high-income nations, often many decades previously. There a..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research


Funding Acknowledgements

Our current research activities are supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (project FSC/2013/023), the Crawford Fund and the Governments of Tanzania, Zambia.