The Young Research Group welcomes its newest member – Dr. Godfred Odei Boateng to Cornell. He recently completed his PhD in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, London. Having worked in both developing and developed countries, Dr. Boateng joins the team to work towards advancing research on maternal and child nutrition. He will primarily be focused on analysis of our Pith Moromo data, our birth cohort study in Kenya.
During a busy and engaging week at the UNC Water and Health Conference, Natalie Krumdieck and Shalean Collins presented preliminary water security data from our Pith Moromo cohort study in Kenya. These exciting analyses have paved the way for further exploration of the causes and consequences of household water insecurity-more to follow on this exciting research!
Congratulations to Rachel Bezner Kerr and the rest of our curriculum team for placing 3rd at the Atkinson Center’s 2015 Trustee Council pitch and poster contest. Rachel did a smashing job presenting our integrated, participatory curriculum on Agroecology, Climate Change, Nutrition, and Social Equity that we developed this summer in Malawi. It is slated to be implemented in Malawi in late 2015 and in Tanzania in Spring 2016, in our SNAP trial. Bravo!
Busy in her last year at Weill Cornell Medical College, Natalie Krumdieck found time to escape from neurology to share some intriguing data from Pith Moromo with colleagues at a Family Medicine Global Health Workshop. Her analyses are the beginning of more in-depth work on depression in this cohort – stay tuned for more!
Many of our Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Project (SNAP) team members were able to reunite at the McKnight Foundation’s annual Collaborative Crop Research Community of Practice meeting in Arusha. SNAP investigators there included Clara Mollay and Ika Martin from Nelson … Continue reading →
The Pith Moromo team will begin a small exploratory study of the role of smallholder rabbit farming to reduce food insecurity and improve income. To do this, we will be partnering with a small community-based organization, Pamoja. They are currently facilitating rabbit farming amongst vulnerable families near Kisumu, Kenya; these are photos from our recent visit to the farm with some Pamoja folks. We have been unable to find any data on the impact of smallholder rabbit farming on human nutrition, health, or income, and would be delighted if anyone could share any data that may be out there!
With data to analyze from 7 study sites across 5 sub-Saharan African countries, it’s no wonder we are giggling deliriously. But in all truth, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Here’s to a great semester, team!
Thanks to our publication in the Journal of Human Lactation that has just come out this month, fear no more! We have laid out the instruments, their respective strengths and weaknesses, and made some suggestions for considerations when you select a scale for your own work.
Our Kenyan pregnancy cohort can now be called a birth cohort! The 371st mama in Pith Moromo (Luo for “Enough Feeding”) has delivered her baby. Many thanks to our fabulous study team in Nyanza (pictured here, collecting data on a tablet) for their dedication, diligence, and overall good cheer.