SNAP Mentor Farmer Selection-Village randomization complete

The Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Program (SNAP) is now successfully underway!

Farmers were invited to nominate themselves and make campaign speeches before one male and one female “mentor farmer” was selected by their villages. Pictured below are the elected mentor farmers.

These mentor farmers then gathered in Singida town to see whether the luck of the draw designated their village as intervention or delayed-intervention villages. Congratulations to all mentor farmers, and a big thank you to Action Aid Tanzania, who led the work!


Abby Maranga wins first place at the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Poster Competition at Experimental Biology

Congratulations to Abby Maranga and colleagues (Undergraduate majoring in Biology & Society, Cornell University ’16) who received First Place and a $500 travel grant for her poster  “Perceived Benefits of Livestock Ownership among Female Smallholders of Mixed-HIV Status in Nyanza Province, Kenya” in the American Society of Nutrition’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Poster Competition. This poster was top prize amongst those submitted by both graduate and undergraduate students! Abby’s findings emphasized the importance of livestock as social assets, long-term economic investments, and safety nets, and furthered the research on women’s investment in and access to livestock.


Irene Tsai wins second place at the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Poster Competition at Experimental Biology!

Congratulations to Irene Tsai (an Undergrad in Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell 2016) and co-authors whose poster “Food Insecurity is Associated with Depression and Stress Among a Cohort of Pregnant Kenyan Women of Mixed-HIV status” received Second Place and a $300 travel grant in the American Society For Nutrition’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Poster Competition. The gist of our work is that probable depression and higher perceived stress were associated with food insecurity in Pith Moromo, our pregnancy cohort in western Kenya. image1



A new way to study iron bioavailability in geophagic earth

Who would have thought, but— chickens are a great model of human iron metabolism! As such, they can help us to understand effects of geophagy. In our recently published paper in Nutrients we show that a poultry model has clear advantages over prior methods used both in vitro and in humans, and represents an important step in explaining the public health impact of geophagy on iron status. img_2967