Supplying a City Under Siege
The Rowett played an important role after the outbreak of war in the Former Yugoslavia in 1992.
Rowett Director Professor Peter James and his team were asked by the World Health Organisation to estimatedthe energy needs of the people of Sarajevo, a city of 380,000 people being held under siege by Bosnian Serbs forces.
They found that the daily tonnage of food required to keep people healthy was 240 metric tonnes as opposed to the 40 being supplied. They were also able to provide an indication of how long the people could survive based on the low supply level.
The team found that all the assumptions about nutrition were based Aid agency calculations for supplying people during famine disasters in developing countries, rather than nutritional disasters in Europe.
The success of the Rowett team’s advice in Sarajevo meant they were subsequently asked to provide nutritional advice to other areas of the world where food supply and demand were destabilised by famine or war, such as in Rwanda.