Allison Daminger ’12



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Dinner in Huamanzaña:Exploring Rural Peruvian Diet and its Implications for Health in the Region

I did an independent study of regional dietary practices and beliefs regarding food and health in Huamanzaña, Peru, a town of about 120 people located along the country’s northern coast. My goal was to explore possible connections between the rural Peruvian diet and health in the region, as well as to determine some of the cultural, educational, and practical factors shaping their food choices over time. This primary data on nutritional knowledge, common health problems and culinary perspectives will support my further exploration into the causes and consequences of the food practices I observed, and help me determine the potential for the Peruvian government and various non-governmental organizations to improve regional health through nutrition.

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Princeton Engineers Without Borders, Huamanzaña, Peru


João Biehl, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology. Co-Director, Program in Global Health and Health Policy