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Hidden HungerGender and the Politics of Smarter Foods$
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Aya Hirata Kimura

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451645

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451645.001.0001

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Uncovering Hidden Hunger

Uncovering Hidden Hunger

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Hidden Hunger

Aya Hirata Kimura

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter focuses on the development projects in the final decade of the twentieth century aimed at preventing the lack of proper micronutrients—vitamins and minerals that are vital for the proper functioning of the body. In the 1990s, many international conferences, from the World Summit for Children to the World Food Summit, urged governments to recognize the importance of micronutrient deficiencies, and many international and philanthropic donors committed resources to combating this so-called hidden hunger. There are various policies to address hidden hunger, but fortification and biofortification, rather than supplements or nutrition education, became the most celebrated instruments for addressing it.

Keywords:   food policy community, World Food Summit, micronutrient deficiencies, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals

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