As part of the close relationship between SEAMEO RECFON and Wageningen University), RECFON has just welcomed the two professors fromthe respective university, Prof. Frans J Kok and Prof. Edith Feskens. Both professors are the expert in the food and nutrition studies. In this visit, the Professors were resource persons in the Workshop on Research Collaboration and Community Development in Food, Nutrition and Health onJune 11th 2015, which was a continuation program after the Guest Lecture in Nutrition with the Theme “Genes, Diet and Low-Grade Chronic Inflammations”.
The Workshop itself was attended by 33 participants that consist of academia, food and nutrition practitioners and Wageningan University Alumni Chapter Indonesia. The Alumni of Wageningen University in Indonesia has been spread in many fields, such as NGOs, private companies and government departments. Therefore, this workshop has become the bridging initiative from many stakeholders to tackle the food and nutrition program. In the other hand, this is also a good opportunity for SEAMEO to expand the partnership with Wageningen alumni that has become active players in food and nutrition area.
In the main session of Workshop, the participants were engaged in the discussion on food and nutrition’s research and community development. In the research group, the discussion discovered a potential topic which is to carry out a community cohort intervention study focusing on pre-pregnancy onwards. The group had also discussed about potential partners and funding for this collaboration. Meanwhile, in the community development group, they discussed about the area of community development by SEAMEO RECFON, target population, funding opportunities, and proposed program for future collaboration. At the end of the Workshop Prof. Frans J Kok highlighted the importance of monitoring and evaluation for the community development programs, where achievements should be clear. A clear line between RECFON’s research projects and community development should be established in order to truly translate science into impact.