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Undergrads Hard at Work During the Summer

Undergrads Hard at Work During the Summer

Tracy and Julia, Northwestern undergraduates, are two of the students who have been hard at work this summer for the Young Research Group. Tracy and Julia have been focusing on data analytics for our agro-ecological study in Tanzania and global household water insecurity experiences scale […]

Experimental Biology 2017

Experimental Biology 2017

Our group tore it up at back-to-back scientific meetings this year! Congratulations to post-doc Godfred Boateng, who received first place in the American Society for Nutrition’s Emerging Leaders Poster Competition! The Community and Public Health RIS awarded this to Godfred presented his work entitled “Food Insecurity […]

Ethnonutrition knowledge and dietary diversity in Tanzania

Ethnonutrition knowledge and dietary diversity in Tanzania

Congratulations to Dr. Bronwen Powell! Our paper, based on her excellent dissertation work, is entitled “The determinants of dietary diversity and nutrition: ethnonutrition knowledge of local people in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania“. It was published in the Journal of Ethnobiography and Ethnomedicine.

Anna Earnest is pictured here in her garden where she has planted cassava along the field margin of the tea plantation. Anna lives on a tea estate where her husband works and described the utility of her garden, listed in the following passage: “If I plant cassava like this one, I do not need to buy it, even beans. You will find them [those who work for the tea company and don’t engage in agriculture] drinking tea alone, or tea and boiled banana. And as for cultivated vegetables, I will harvest leafy vegetables and they will eat only dagaa.”

A review of what we know, and what we don’t, about household water insecurity

A review of what we know, and what we don’t, about household water insecurity

Our invited review on water insecurity “Progress in Household Water Insecurity Metrics: A Cross-Discpilinary Approach in the Social Sciences” has been published in WIREs Water. This marks the beginning of an exciting cross-disciplinary collaboration as delve into the many aspects of household-level water insecurity globally! Special thanks […]

We received the Leverhulme IMMANA award to continue our water insecurity work!

We received the Leverhulme IMMANA award to continue our water insecurity work!

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) grant from the Leverhulme Center for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)! This award will allow us to expand our water insecurity work by […]

HIV, lactation, and body composition

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Widen and co-authors whose manuscript “Food insecurity, but not HIV-infection status, is associated with adverse changes in body composition during lactation in Ugandan women of mixed HIV status” has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. To our knowledge, this is the first publication to examine the role of food insecurity on weight changes in HIV+ women during lactation. These exciting results from the NAPS Ugandan pregnancy cohort can be found here.

Third Coast Center for AIDS Research likes our rabbit and orange-flesh sweet potato venture!

Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) has funded our collaboration with Kenyan colleagues to travel to Evanston to begin planning our latest research venture, a rabbit and orange-fleshed sweet potato farming initiative. Stay tuned for more information about this project in upcoming months.  

“Reimagining Household Water Security” Workshop at Texas A&M

I had the pleasure of attending an exciting conference on water insecurity at Texas A&M. This meeting brought together some awesome scholars from a variety fields with the ultimate goal of defining, measuring, and finding solutions to water insecurity. Thank you to Wendy Jepson and TAMU Geography for […]

Our Singida study won the 10th McKnight Community of Practice poster competition!

Congratulations to our colleagues, Clara Mollay (NM-AIST) and Esther Kalonga (AATZ) et alia for winning the poster competition at the 10th McKnight Community of Practice image_1meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi. The poster highlighted the various activities undertaken during the first phase of this project and our baseline findings that there is high potential to benefit from this project. SNAP is starting the next phase in its implementation as farmers started to get into the next farming season.

First preliminary findings from our Pith Moromo pregnancy cohort

Here’s our Kenyan team at their October monthly meeting. At this meeting, study coordinators Pauline Wekesa and Shalean Collins shared the results from the Pith Moromo study with study nurses and trackers. The team is now working together to interpret and share findings with study participants. Here’s the first taste of our […]