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World Nutrition Conference 2016: Addressing the double burden of malnutrition in a globalised world

Published August 4, 2016, by Mologadi Makwela


This August, global experts and thought leaders in the field of Public Health, World Nutrition and Food Systems, will meet in Cape Town for the 2nd edition of the World Public Health Nutrition Association’s (WPHNA) World Nutrition Congress.

From 30 August – 2 September the University of the Western Cape will host the World Nutrition Conference 2016, where renowned public health experts will take to the stage to discuss, debate and share insights on how to address the double burden of malnutrition in a globalised world.

The World Nutrition Congress, takes place at a time of unprecedented challenges in population nutrition,” says Congress Chair and Emeritus Professor at UWC, David Sanders. “The Global South is experiencing a rapid ‘nutrition transition’, where an increasing number of Southern countries are faced with a ‘double burden’ of malnutrition, persisting high levels of chronic undernutrition and escalating rates of overweight and obesity, with their accompanying diseases,” adds Sabders.

Researchers, policymakers, activists students will come together from different fields ranging from land and agriculture; to dietetics, health systems, economic and political studies, to address these challenges. Attendees will be treated to parallel plenary sessions and keynote presentations delivered by local and international experts from wide ranging fields.

Registration is open and day passes are available for members of the public and everyone wishing to partake in the lively discussions. More information is available via the website, by email: or call +27 21 683 5106.

The Congress is hosted by UWC in partnership with the WPHNA, the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE-FS) and the School of Public Health at UWC

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