The African Nutrition Society
Established in 2008, the African Nutrition Society (ANS) is a registered scientific professional body, a learned society formed by nutritional scientists, food scientists and other health professionals working in, and with an interest in the nutrition agenda for Africa. ANS was established as an umbrella organization among others, to develop and promote the nutrition profession in Africa and to oversee the Africa nutritional Epidemiology conferences (ANEC) which have been running since 2002.
As a professional learned society, ANS seeks first and foremost to promote the ideals of food and nutritional sciences as a subject allied to medicine and central to sound health policies and the attainment of optimum population health. The interests of individual members in playing their roles in promoting the nutritional well being of the communities they serve are therefore paramount. The standards of scientific training, attainment, research capability and sound professional practice are essential ingredients of any professional body of repute and ANS seeks to promote and ensure that its members meet the highest standards of professional practice. Although established in Africa, membership of ANS is worldwide and open to nutritionists and other professionals with a genuine interest in nutrition and how it impacts on human and economic development in Africa.
To create a unified continental nutrition profession of individual members, provide a continental professional scientific forum, promote training, research and capacity building in nutrition and contribute to workforce development to meet Africa’s nutrition and health policy agenda.
ANS seeks to promote collegiality and bring together individuals across Africa and other parts of the world to work together towards building and promoting the nutrition profession and practice in Africa. Our ultimate goal is to provide a home for nutritional scientists and other allied professionals, and contribute to programmes and projects aimed at improving nutrition in Africa and reducing the burden of disease.
We value and rely on a solid scientific basis to the study and practice of nutrition, integrity, objectivity, inclusiveness and a strong focus on promoting and developing the nutrition scientists of the future, whilst tapping into the experience, knowhow and intellectual wisdom of established and world-renowned scientists to meet our core objectives. We have developed strong partnerships with other learned bodies and nutrition foundations and federations in Africa, Europe and North America and hope to further broaden these links in other parts of the world. We are working to establish a strong funding base to enable us meet the needs of our members as well as help us run our planned projects for the promotion of nutritional science, public health and the public good in Africa. Our members have an important role to play in tackling the health challenges relating to poverty, chronic hunger and malnutrition as well as the challenges of chronic non-communicable diseases in Africa.
We have forged, and are seeking to broaden partnerships with international charities, NEPAD, WHO, FAO, the World Bank and other UN organizations seeking to build intellectual capacity and the health workforce in Africa. We attach substantial value to such collaborations and partnerships and hope that we can extend our influence to add value to the work that these organizations do without compromising our independence, objectivity and neutrality.