For the longest time, foodand nutrition has been the priority of the government since it sends moresignificance on public health. This aspect should also increase as ruraldevelopment is campaigned. More often than not, “development” also involves thewell-being of the very citizens that will experience this supposedlyadvancement. Moreover, the agricultural sector plays the biggest part in foodand nutrition scale of every community and nation. This sector provides thefood supply and meets the food and nutrition demands of the people. Its cropsare the output in the food chains to be consumed by humans, and later on willpositively or negative affect their health.
If the agricultural sector hasenough financial and technological resources, then they can modify theirpractices and processes to increase crop yield and meet the anticipatednutritional statement. However, the agricultural sector is not alone in thisbattle; it needs the support from other sectors, especially from the localgovernment. Food and nutrition has wider scope, than anyone can imagine. It hasvarious pros and consequences which one sector can provide — therefore,interdisciplinary actions should be done to improve food and nutrition statusof a community and nation.HumanNutrition in Development CommunicationAsmentioned earlier, human nutrition would not possibly work without thecommitment and cooperation from various disciplines. In DevelopmentCommunication, we try to address the needs of the low-lying communities throughthe use of different media and communication campaigns.
And the discipline isnot confined with communication alone, it can go beyond other disciplines; foran example, human nutrition. As development communicators, it is ourresponsibility to popularize and educate the people about human nutrition,especially that it is an issue concerning public health. Not everyone are awareof the technicalities of human nutrition, and we are here to bridge this gap.
However, we cannot efficiently deliver these knowledge to the communities, ifwe — development communicators — do not know anything about humannutrition. Therefore, studying this would enable us to learn the technicalitiesand laymanize it when needed. Moreover,there is no doubt that human nutrition is one of the challenges faced by thecommunities. Through the communication campaigns and strategies, we willincrease their awareness about human nutrition and increase their literacy inthis discipline; so as to have its application in their daily lives. Learning HNF 151 will bring us the knowledge about humanand nutrition, which the communities need. As we learn the terminologies andtechnicalities, we can also digest it and learn its relevance to the people weare dealing with.
Also, it will be beneficial for us when we are communicatingwith professionals and experts of human nutrition, to have a commonunderstanding — since we exist to bridge the gaps between these scholars andthe communities.