The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science Technology (FNRIDOST) conducted a series of successful advocacy meetings on DOST PINOY intervention strategy and stabilized brown rice among stakeholders in Bayawan and Dumaguete City on January 29 and 30, 2015.
The advocacy meetings were organized by the Technology Trasnfer and Commercialization Section (TTCS) headed by Engr. Rosemarie G. Garcia of the Technology Diffusion and S&T Services Division (TDSTSD) of the FNRI. This is in coordination with the DOST-Negros Oriental office.
The DOST PINOY intervention strategy is one of the two components of the Malnutrition Reduction Program (MRP). The acronym PINOY stands for the Package for the improvement of Nutrition of Young Children. This intervention strategy is a combination of 120 days feeding of complementary food blend developed by the FNRI among 6 to 36 months old malnourished children and conduct of nutrition education during mothers/caregivers of the malnourished children using the DOST PINOY modules.
The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI,DOST) conducted two study missions that examined best practices and mechanisms of operations of similar scientifi c research and development (R&D) institutions in South East Asia and the American Region. These missions were funded through the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). These were part of the DOST project Capacity Building for Science, Technology and Innovation Towards Self-sustaining R&D Institutes.
Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, FNRI Director and Ms. Teresa S. Mendoza, FNRI Planning Offi cer conducted these missions. Study Mission 1 was held on May to June 2014 in major institutions of Japan and Korea. Mission 2 was held in three key cities of Canada on January 2015.
In the first mission, the FNRI team visited 10 institutions in Korea and Japan. In Korea, these were: the Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI), Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea University of Science and Technology (KUST), Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). In Japan, the institutions included the National Food Research Institute (NFRI), International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JSTA), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).