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To be able to address the issue of poor nutrition in risk of poverty populations and thereby prevent related problems it is important to gain knowledge about the population groups of concern. Who are they? What are their common nutritional problems? What are the determinants? And what solution do they believe in?

CHANCE, or “Low cost technologies and traditional ingredients for the production of affordable, nutritionally correct foods improving health in population groups at risk of poverty” is a project funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, which aims at studying these factors closer. Based on the findings CHANCE will explore ingredients and raw materials that may be used for production of food products to address the identified nutritional problems – food products that will be both affordable and attractive to the identified target populations. Read more about the project aims and objectives here.  

The CHANCE project is coordinated by Proffessor Francesco Capozzi and Professor Alessandra Bordoni at the University of Bologna. The multi-disiplinary project consortium consists of 17 partners from 9 European countries. Read more about the consortium here.

81 million at risk of poverty in Europe

According to Eurostat statistics, 81 million European citizens are at risk of poverty. These population groups are characterised not only by low purchasing power and low level of education, but also by a high risk of developing disease related to poor nutrition. 

In the footsteps of ill-health follow limited ability to study and work and reduced mental and social wellbeing putting strain on health care and social security systems.

Technical details

Duration: 3 years

Starting date: 1 February 2011

Grant Agreement no: 266331