Established in 2010, the Bangladesh Food and Nutrition Society (BFNS) is a registered scientific professional body, a learned society formed by nutritional scientists, food scientists and other health professionals working in, and with an interest in the nutrition agenda for Bangladesh. BFNS was established as an umbrella organization among others, to develop and promote the nutrition profession in Bangladesh. As a professional learned society, BFNS seeks first and foremost to promote the ideals of food and nutritional sciences as a subject allied to medicine and central to sound health policies and the attainment of optimum population health. The interests of individual members in playing their roles in promoting the nutritional well being of the communities they serve are therefore paramount. The standards of scientific training, attainment, research capability and sound professional practice are essential ingredients of any professional body of repute and BFNS seeks to promote and ensure that its members meet the highest standards of professional practice. Although established in Bangladesh, membership of BFNS is worldwide and open to nutritionists and other professionals with a genuine interest in nutrition and how it impacts on human and economic development in Bangladesh.
To create a unified continental nutrition profession of individual members, provide a continental professional scientific forum, promote training, research and capacity building in nutrition and contribute to workforce development to meet Bangladesh’s nutrition and health policy agenda.
BFNS Mission Statement
BFNS seeks to promote collegiality and bring together individuals across Bangladesh and other parts of the world to work together towards building and promoting the nutrition profession and practice in Bangladesh. Our ultimate goal is to provide a home for nutritional scientists and other allied professionals, and contribute to programmes and projects aimed at improving nutrition in Bangladesh and reducing the burden of disease.
The Focus of BFNS Activities
The BFNS seeks to promote professionalism, a strong sense of belonging and intellectual interactions across all regions, cultures and languages, provide the best forum for students, graduates and professionals alike to identify the richness of our cultural diversity as well as discover the great similarities that exist in our professional interests, shared values and the nutritional issues we confront in our various countries. This is achieved by providing a scientific platform for individuals to meet, interact and form professional collaborations and student networks through a meaningful scientific dialogue and sharing of best practices. BFNS also works to promote standards of scientific training, attainment, research capability and sound professional practice and leadership necessary to drive nutrition and health policy across countries. The means to meeting the goals for these core activities are embedded in the following core activities:
- BFNS (ANEC) Conferences and Training Workshops
- BFNS News and Events
- Development of a professional practice framework leading to professional registration and accreditation
- Curriculum development, harmonization and accreditation of nutrition programmes in Bangladesh
- Capacity Building and scientific development projects
- Public-private Partnerships and Linkages with the scientific and academic communities, industry, non-governmental organizations and international agencies for the benefit of BFNS members and the wider public interest
- Publications to promote intellectual and research outputs across Bangladesh e.g. through relevant and high quality scholarly articles to be published in the Bangladesh Journal of Nutrition (BJN), BFNS’ official journal
We value and rely on a solid scientific basis to the study and practice of nutrition, integrity, objectivity, inclusiveness and a strong focus on promoting and developing the nutrition scientists of the future, whilst tapping into the experience, knowhow and intellectual wisdom of established and world-renowned scientists to meet our core objectives. We have developed strong partnerships with other learned bodies and nutrition foundations, Europe and North America and hope to further broaden these links in other parts of the world. We are working to establish a strong funding base to enable us meet the needs of our members as well as help us run our planned projects for the promotion of nutritional science, public health and the public good in Bangladesh. Our members have an important role to play in tackling the health challenges relating to poverty, chronic hunger and malnutrition as well as the challenges of chronic non-communicable diseases in Bangladesh.
We have forged, and are seeking to broaden partnerships with international charities, NEPAD, WHO, FAO, the World Bank and other UN organizations seeking to build intellectual capacity and the health workforce in Bangladesh. We attach substantial value to such collaborations and partnerships and hope that we can extend our influence to add value to the work that these organizations do without compromising our independence, objectivity and neutrality.
BFNS Governance Framework
Although the Bangladesh Food and Nutrition Society (BFNS) is a registered, independent scientific professional body built on strong core values. Our values and ethical principles are clearly spelt out in our Articles of Association, posted on the membership pages of our website.
BFNS Annual Report
Past Reports of ANS conference and other activities are published and disseminated to our partners and sponsors and can be downloaded from our website.
The audited accounts for BFNS activities are kept by the treasury team and will be made available upon request. We plan to post all accounts and make them downloadable from our website.
BFNS Awards and Fellowships
Pusti Padak ( Nutrition Award )
Instituted in 2014, this is a prestigious award conferred on individuals who have a proven track record of distinguished services to nutrition.
A Short Course on Nutrition and Food Science
This Training course is designed all young educated people of Bangladesh.
BFNS has the following projects:
A] Pusti Bagan
B] Roof GARGENING
C] School Gardening
D] Home Gardening
Message from the Chairman:
It is a great pleasure to announce that we have started our activities with Food and Nutrition in Bangladesh. We have been working in this field for last 4 years.I want to note some of the achievements that we see on the ground – those issues related to Nutrition action that this committee bring into being.I hope we will be able to achieve our goal with the help of all Bangladeshi people. Reports remind us, there are still enormous problems of nutrition and under nutrition in Bangladesh today.
Message from the General Secretary:
Now a days we are experiencing very dangerous situation due to our improper food habit and malnutrition. So, we have started our activities with Food and Nutrition in Bangladesh. We have been working in this field for last 4 years. I want to note some of the achievements that we see on the ground – those issues related to Nutrition action that this committee bring into being.
I hope we will be able to achieve our goal with the help of all Bangladeshi people. Reports remind us, there are still enormous problems of nutrition and under nutrition in Bangladesh today.