Final Discussion

  • Nevin S. Scrimshaw
  • Mitchel B. Wallerstein


The final session provided an opportunity to review major issues discussed in previous sessions and to assess what had been learned during the course of the meetings. Among the themes so identified was the need for caution in formulating nutrition policy, especially when technical expertise is provided to foreign governments. The development of a comprehensive nutrition policy is an onerous task, requiring a formidable amount of country-specific data. Moreover, even when extensive data are available and the appropriate policy analysis has been performed, it may still only be feasible, politically or financially, to address one or two main problem areas that are the causative agents of malnutrition. Therefore, it is incumbent upon individuals involved in nutrition policy to be more attuned to the competing goals and priorities of governments and to the opportunity costs of various governmental actions. Clearly, this is possible only through careful and concerted analysis of specific circumstances.


Policy Analysis Program Success Supplemental Feeding Nutrition Program Salt Iodization 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nevin S. Scrimshaw
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mitchel B. Wallerstein
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.MIT/Harvard International Food and Nutrition ProgramUSA
  3. 3.World Hunger ProgramUnited Nations UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Departments of Political Science and NutritionMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA

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