The competition was open to students of all disciplines, who were enrolled at a German, Ugandan or Swiss university at the time of submissions. Individual entries as well as team contributions were welcome.
Almost 40 % of Ugandan children have a vitamin A deficiency and over 30 % are stunted. Many of those affected do not even know about it. We want to make the hidden hunger visible and improve the nutritional situation through innovative ideas.
The application phase is finished. Students with the best ideas will receive an Innovation Scholarship for the period of concept development. The big pitch takes place in October 2018 in Berlin. The winning team receives a subsidy amount of 10,000 euros for the implementation of his idea.
Hidden hunger describes the chronic deficit of essential micronutrients. The lack of vitamins and minerals occurs independently of caloric intake and is rather related to an unbalanced diet based on starchy foods like maize, rice or cassava. Hidden hunger does not show clear symptoms over a long period of time, thus remaining hidden. Stunted growth is used as a proxy indicator.
On our website you will find detailed background information and latest scientific findings on the subject.
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“If we succeed in confronting hidden hunger in its regionally specific manifestation through intelligent, preventive solution approaches, we could hopefully save human lives and sustainably improve development opportunities.”
Prof. em. Dr. med. Gerd Assmann, FRCP
Chairman of the Board of Assmann-Stiftung für Prävention