Competition

 

 

 

Jury Decision is Pending

 
2 billion people, a good quarter of the world’s population, suffer from micronutrient deficiencies due to a insufficient quality of the consumed foods. Especially in sub-Saharan Africa, the situation is particularly critical. In order to break the vicious circle of hunger and poverty, diverse and customized solutions are needed.
 
We received 76 submissions with creative project ideas to improve the nutritional situation in Uganda, including suggestions on nutritional education, gardening and biofortification. The jury is currently in session and will select up to ten nominees in the next few days who will get the opportunity to work out detailed concept papers.
 

 

Together against Hidden Hunger

Inessa Diesing, Managing Director of the Assmann Foundation for Prevention and nutritionist, explains why the Foundation is working together with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung to combat Hidden Hunger: the consequences of a micronutrient deficiencies are particularly severe during the first 1,000 days of life and can even lead to structural changes in the genes – this creates a vicious circle: health, social and also economic damages of hidden hunger are immense.

 

 

Who can participate?

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.

Why Hidden Hunger?

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.

How can I participate?

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

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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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Become a Project Partner!

You want to support our initiative? Become a sponsor of our winning projects. We are looking for companies that want to participate in the fight against the hidden hunger.

Be part of our initiative and help our students to establish fiber bananas in Zambia or to build up insect farms in Côte d’Ivoire.

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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.”

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Prof. em. Dr. med. Gerd Assmann, FRCP
Chairman of the Board of Assmann-Stiftung für Prävention

See also: Interview with Prof. Assmann

 
 
            
 

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