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About Us

Nutritionist Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw of the Central American Institute of Nutrition, examining children for goiter. (Photo by Cornell Capa//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

For nearly 35 years, the International Nutritional Foundation has been proactive in conducting nutrition and food research in collaboration with scientists and institutions working in developing countries of the world.

Dr. Nevin Scrimshaw founded the International Nutritional Foundation in 1982, in order to mobilize support efforts of training, research, communication and policy related to food and nutrition in developing countries. Dr. Scrimshaw recognized the lack of access that nutritionists and researchers in developing countries had to state-of-the-art nutrition research. He believed that all researchers should have the opportunity to share scientific views and analysis that accurately reflect the cultural, social, and economic influences in developing countries.

Initially partnering with the United Nations University, the INF’s collaboration has sustainably expanded to join other agencies, such as the International Union for Nutrition Sciences (IUNS), several UN and bilateral agencies, non governmental organizations, academic institutions in the developing and developed parts of the world, as well as selected groups within the private sector; that share INF’s vision for public nutrition in developing countries and those in economic and social transition.

As President and Chief Executive Officer, the late Dr. Scrimshaw led the INF in fulfilling this mission for over 28 years. In honor of Dr. Scrimshaw and his tireless contributions to international nutrition, research, programming, and capacity building, the INF was renamed the “Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation” in October 2009.

Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Nevin Scrimshaw, the history and mission of INF:

The INF Headquarters are based at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, USA. The INF is a 501(c)(3) organization that is classified as a non-profit organization as per the State of Massachusetts and has tax exempt status. INF is governed as per state laws by a Chief Executive Officer supported by an active Board of Directors and Officers of the Foundation. The INF is audited annually.