Katie Fiorella is an ecologist and epidemiologist finishing up her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Justin Brashares’ research group. She applied for and won a post-doc from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future to work with Chris Barrett (Applied Econ) and me on food security and agricultural productivity in east Africa. She will join the group in summer 2014. Welcome, Katie!
Rachel Bezner Kerr, Elias Mtinda at Action Aid Tanzania, and I have been awarded a grant from the McKnight Foundation. This will fund a three-year farmer-led agroecological education intervention. We will be assessing the impacts of this intervention on legume production, food insecurity, and infant and young child feeding practices, among other outcoms. We will start research activities in Singida, Tanzania in early 2015.
We have just published the results of the first study of the acceptability and use of macronutrient supplementation among pregnant women living with HIV in the journal AIDS and Behavior. Reported use as well as psychosocial and biological consequences showed great promise at reducing undernutrition and other adverse outcomes.
We are delighted that our first paper using NAPS data has been published: “Reliability and validity of an individually-focused food insecurity access scale for assessing inadequate access to food among pregnant Ugandan women of mixed HIV status.” In addition to our excitement about having the first paper from this cohort study published, we are glad to contribute to measuring individual-level food insecurity. Bravo, NAPS team! PMID: 25171462
Our recently published meta-analysis on the relationships between pica and micronutrient deficiencies offers even stronger evidence of the consistent relationships between all types of pica (including geophagy, amylophagy, and pagophagy) and lower hemoglobin, (-0.65 g/dl), lower hematocrit (-1.15%), and zinc (234.3 ug/dl). Great idea, Chris!
On August 20, 2014 at 12:00am, the PreNAPS/PostNAPS home visitor Joe Cord, his wife, and three daughters welcomed a new baby into the world! Baby Akanyo Faith Shalean Cord is now a few weeks old and is healthy and thriving! The PreNAPS/PostNAPS staff wants to wish Joe and his family congratulations on the arrival of their sweet new addition to the family!
Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Maricianah Onono, Pauline Wekesa, her little baby Liam, Natalie Krumdeick, Isaya Opondo, Dr. Beth Widen, Hijab Khan, and the whole PM team, our pregnancy cohort in Kisumu, Kenya has launched!
In our recent paper in the Journal of Nutrition, we showed that nearly half (47%) of pregnant adolescents living in Rochester, NY engaged in pica. And pica was strongly associated with iron deficiency. Now, the nature of that relationship remains unknown– is it causal? More studies are clearly needed. The Chronicle was kind enough to cover the story.