CFNI is a specialized Centre of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), which was established in 1967 to forge a regional approach to solving the nutrition problems of the Caribbean. It serves a total population of about six (6) million, a third of whom live in Jamaica.

The institute aims to attain food security and achieve optimal nutritional health for all peoples of the Caribbean through collaboration with Caribbean countries to enhance, describe, manage and prevent the key nutritional problems and to increase their capacity in providing effective nutritional services.

CFNI collaborates closely with CARICOM secretariat in ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life in the Caribbean. This is achieved through the implementation of activities emanating from the Regional Food and Nutrition Strategy (RFNS), particularly through activities in health care delivery system and the training programmes in food economics and food and nutrition policy and planning

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