What We Do at CFNI

Planning

Priority has been given to planning and coordination as a major focus of work. This is based on:

  • Needs assessments;
  • Promoting inter-sectoral food and nutrition strategies;
  • Promoting multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial coordinating mechanisms;
  • Developing food and nutrition policies and plans of action;
  • Building alliances with both the public and private sectors and collaboration with regional institutions, NGOs, international agencies and the mass communication media entities;
  • Strengthening institutional dietetics services within countries with emphasis on schools and hospitals; and
  • Mobilizing extra-budgetary funds for projects to address the priority needs of the countries.

Promotion and Dissemination

The area of promotion and dissemination constitutes one of the main functions of CFNI's technical cooperation program. Strategies within this function include information and education using diverse media targeted at diverse groups, both technical and lay, social marketing and communication, behavior change interventions and training of change agents in promotional skills. The aims are to assist countries in meeting information and education needs necessary for policy and program change and in facilitating supportive contexts necessary for individual-level and services-level behavior change to promote health.

Specific programme activities include:
  • Developing regional and national dietary guidelines;
  • Promoting health lifestyles in institutions and the community;
  • Producing nutrition-related publications;
  • Producing radio and television nutrition programs;
  • Formulating and promoting standards for optimal young child feeding; and
  • Organising competitions and awards to exemplify best practices in nutrition

Human Resource Development

The nutrition human resource capacity of a country is, in effect, a measure of the country's capacity and capability to effectively manage existing and emerging nutrition related problems. CFNI exists, in part, to assist countries through Technical Corporation to effectively manage public health nutrition-related issues. The institute's efforts at HRD are guided by three specific objectives of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH) II.

CFNI, as a regional agency, strives to bridge the existing gap in the availability of trained human resource in nutrition and dietetics in the region by building in-country human resource capacity through In-country training, distance education, curriculum development and evaluation, research capacity development, collaboration with other institutions and the offering of internships and short-term work experience.

Surveillance and Research

A. Food and Nutrition Surveillance (FNSS)

CFNI utilizes nutritional surveillance and research as two important tools in the development of effective and efficient strategies to improve health and quality of life of the peoples of the Caribbean. Several current imperatives drive the need for appropriate nutritional surveillance and research. These are: health risks, health reforms, globalisation, vulnerability, disasters and poverty and inequity.

Major activities in Food and Nutritional surveillance include:

  • Training
  • The development of specialized software
  • The development/strengthening of surveillance systems

B. Research

Research at CFNI is guided by the need to provide evidence-based information to more effectively prevent and manage the major food and nutrition problems in the region. To this end, the Institute rigorously pursues qualitative and quantitative research on nutrition related diseases in a number of areas, including:

  • Research to develop protocols and guidelines for dietary management of diseases;
  • Formative research; and
  • Research on behaviour change.