« Good nutrition is an essential condition for development, it is also a major objective of development »


Low-income countries are now facing not only the persistent problem of undernutrition and micronutrient malnutrition, but also the emergence of nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. This “double burden of malnutrition”is for large part attributable to the nutrition transition, that is, the progressive shift from traditional to western-type industrial foods, coupled with a more sedentary lifestyle. The nutrition transition is fueled by globalization, urbanization and technological changes. Aging of the population also contributes to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases.

In order to address the complex problem of the double burden of malnutrition, the DFN Project (for ‘Double Fardeau Nutritionnel’) works with partner institutions in West Africa to strengthen human resources through new training programs including a professional undergraduate nutrition and dietetics program in Benin, through research and particularly action research in schools, and through advocacy and communication.

Most of our Website is in French. However, the Project summary, other documents and resources related to our project are available in English. Nevertheless, should you have any question regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact us at transnut@umontreal.ca.

English Documents

Presentation of the DFN project by Pr. H. Delisle, Geneva Health Forum, April 2012