en
Scientific article
English

‘One of the most urgent problems to solve’: malnutrition, trans-imperial nutrition science, and Nestlé's medical pursuits in late colonial Africa

ContributorsWilhelm, Lolaorcid
Published inJournal of imperial and Commonwealth history, vol. 48, no. 5, p. 914-933
Publication date2020-12-16
First online date2020-12-16
Abstract

Infant nutrition was key field of imperial health policies in Africa from the inter-war period to the end of colonisation. Although this phenomenon has been documented on the scale of some African countries, this article argues that infant nutrition stood as a particularly crucial field of trans-imperial exchanges on the scale of the African continent. It further demonstrates that trans-imperial rivalries and collaborations in Africa created a propitious political, institutional, and scientific context for business participation in infant nutrition. The article illustrates these phenomena by examining colonial, trans-imperial, international, and public-private nutrition initiatives in Africa, focusing especially on the Commission for Technical Cooperation in Africa (CTCA) and the food company Nestlé.

eng
Keywords
  • Colonial medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Infant formula
  • Nestlé
  • World Health Organization
  • Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Commission for Technical Cooperation
  • Trans-imperial history
  • Public-private cooperation
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
WILHELM, Lola. ‘One of the most urgent problems to solve’: malnutrition, trans-imperial nutrition science, and Nestlé’s medical pursuits in late colonial Africa. In: Journal of imperial and Commonwealth history, 2020, vol. 48, n° 5, p. 914–933. doi: 10.1080/03086534.2020.1816624
Main files (1)
Article (Published version)
accessLevelRestricted
Identifiers
ISSN of the journal0308-6534
12views
0downloads

Technical informations

Creation04/04/2023 12:34:45 PM
First validation10/09/2023 8:59:04 AM
Update time10/09/2023 8:59:04 AM
Status update10/09/2023 8:59:04 AM
Last indexation02/01/2024 10:48:00 AM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack