Food aid experts and sociologists will soon be working together to examine food consumption habits across Mauritania, West Africa. The goal of the study is to get information that will significantly improve food security programs. The study is being led by the World Food Programme (WFP) and will include studies on individual food consumption, eating habits, preferences, and food preparation methods in order to understand micro- and macronutrient deficiencies and better plan the types of food assistance for the population. Sociologists will play a large role because they have an intimate knowledge of the culture that will assist with program planning. They will help answer questions such as "Are there any taboos affecting eating habits in Mauritanian households?," "How do eating habits vary among different ethnic groups, and different family members?," and "How could these customs affect food security throughout the year?" Read more
about the study.