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UK-Peru workshop presentations

The UK-Peru Workshop: Relationship on Food, Nutrition and Health took place on 22-24 May 2018 in Lima, Peru. The primary objective of the workshop was to provide UK and Peruvian researchers with the opportunity to discuss the key research challenges and ideas for research collaborations through discussions and networking.

The event comprised of presentations from the funders, Medical Research Council (MRC) in partnership with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and Peru’s National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC) as well as from both UK and Peruvian researchers who were given the opportunity to present their research organisation and their interests. You can view the presentations below.

Alongside considering new innovative solutions for attending/resolving public health problems related to food and nutrition in Peru, the workshop reflected on if there are potential solutions for Peruvian challenges in the global research trends.

During facilitated breakout sessions, the workshop attendees identified a (non-exhaustive) number of research questions of importance for Peru:

  • Anaemia in Peru:
    • What is the underpinning biology (gene vs environment, and impact of microbiota)? What constitutes anaemia for high altitude Andean communities?
    • What is the best intervention for Peru? Should interventions be regionally specific? When should intervention take place? How do you ensure these are culturally sensitive/appropriate?
    • How do socio-cultural factors affect prevalence rates?
  • Malnutrition in Peru and the increase in obesity:
    • How, why and where are diets changing in Peru and who does this affect the most?
    • Interaction between the gut microbiome and health and what is the impact of diet diversity (or lack thereof)?
    • How might you modify food choice, portion size, or ensure supplementation adherence?
    • Which intervention and policies are best adapted in Peru to address multiple forms of malnutrition (obesity, NCDs & anaemia)?
  • Driving behavioural change:
    • Use of technology and applications to increase diet awareness
    • Cultural drivers of diet and behaviour
    • At what level should interventions take place? Population or family level (or both).
  • Development of culturally relevant, acceptable crops (and food products) with better nutritional values (such as Fe and Zn):
    • Improved utilisation of Peru’s biodiversity
    • How to increase the quality of Peruvian native foods and other high consumed foods and the efficiency of its productive process?

The workshop attendees also identified a number of topics that could be worth considering during project development:

  • Are there lessons to learn from previous work?
    • What lead to the decrease in stunting in Peru?
    • What interventions has Peru utilised (iron supplements, fortified flour) and how successful have they been?
    • What interventions have worked in other countries or regions which might have relevance to Peru?
  • What are some of the possible barriers to success?
    • Geographical and cultural diversity of Peru: one size solutions may be unlikely to be widely acceptable
    • Diversity of diets across Peru, but also the lack of diversity in some diets
    • Peru lacks an up-to-date diet and nutritional survey
    • Any intervention must be low cost and regionally/culturally appropriate.

Funders' presentations

UK presentations

Peruvian presentations