Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI)

Institut des Caraïbes pour l'alimentation et la nutrition
Instituto de Alimentación y Nutrición del Caribe

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Jan 1967, Jamaica, for 5-years, on agreement between: the Governments of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago; Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); University of the West Indies (UWI). Original agreement replaced, 1972, by one of indefinite duration. A specialized centre of PAHO/WHO. Together with Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC), Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) and CARPHA Drug Testing Laboratory (CRDTL), replaced by Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), July 2011.


Forge a regional approach to solving nutrition problems of the Caribbean; attain household food security and achieve optimal nutritional status for all people of the Caribbean; cooperate with member countries to to describe, manage and prevent key nutritional problems, to increase their capacity in providing effective nutritional services and to enhance people's quality of life by promoting good nutrition and healthy lifestyle and living standards.

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Collaborates closely with CARICOM Secretariat in efforts to improve the quality of life in the Caribbean through implementing activities emanating from the Regional Food and Nutrition Strategy (RFNS), particularly through activities in health care delivery system and training programmes in food economics and food and nutrition policy and planning. Functional Approaches: 'Planning' - needs assessment; multisectoral bodies; national policies; log frame plans; institutional dietetics; 'Human Resource Development' - formal courses; distance education; in-service training; 'Promotion and Dissemination' - project lifestyle; manuals and publications; dietary guidelines; radio and television series; young child feeding; competitions and awards; nutrition Internet link; 'Surveillance/Research' - prevalence of morbidities; disease risk mapping; food composition database; nutrient cost analysis; food consumption patterns.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 18 countries
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Subjects *

  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
    • Food
    • Food Security
  • Health Care
    • Nutrition

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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