Presenter: Professor Bill Bellotti

In eastern Indonesia and Timor Leste, up to'60% of children under the age of five are stunted, representing some of the highest rates in the world. Childhood stunting indicates chronic maternal and child undernutrition and sadly, by the age of two is largely irreversible, resulting in lifelong mental and physical disability. For this reason, successful interventions that reduce stunting are one of the best investments a society can make. 

The Indonesian government has developed a comprehensive policy and program to address childhood stunting and the government is making progress. However, human capacity and infrastructure at the local level constrains progress. This proposal will develop local staff with the concepts, knowledge and skills to transform local nutrition systems. It will also provide community-based infrastructure to support this transformation. The key innovation is applying a more integrated and co-ordinated approach at the local level to make existing policies and programs more effective and efficient.

About Rural Development, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Seminars

The seminars will be held in Hartley-Teakle Building (83), Room S324 from 12pm - 1pm. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch to enjoy during the seminar. Arrangements will be made for Gatton colleagues to participate via a videoconference link.


Dr Dominic Smith
Seminar Convenor