Our work in Asia: Bangladesh

A close collaboration between the Nutrition Innovation Lab, the Horticulture Lab (UC Davis) and the Aquafish Lab (Oregon State) focuses research on the roles of aquaculture and horticulture in improving diets and nutrition among poor producer and consumer households. Multi-year panel surveys explore the population-wide impacts of multiple programs in the south-west of the country that improve supply of fish and shrimp, enhance the cultivation of fruits and vegetables, and encourage great knowledge on optimal diets as well as hygiene and behavior change. Innovative horticulture production approaches and storage/preservation technologies are piloted and tracked closely in terms of potential for adoption and impacts at scale.


Bangladesh
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The Nutrition Innovation Lab works in Bangladesh and Cambodia to implement operations research of direct relevance to Feed the Future’s Learning Agenda. The focus of these country studies is on unanswered questions regarding appropriate investments in agriculture for improving nutrition and diet quality. Two of the main questions posed by USAID’s Learning Agenda are: a) What have been the impacts of different approaches linking Agriculture, Nutrition and Health on dietary diversity and nutritional status (i.e. geographic co-location of programs, integration of interventions, combinations)?; and b) Have programs to increase farmers’ incomes resulted in improved nutrition when not coupled with nutrition programming?  In Bangladesh, the agricultural focus is on aquaculture programming, linked in various ways to horticulture promotion, innovations in drying and storage of products, and behavior change communication.  Located in the Feed the Future zone of Bangladesh (the South-West), the Innovation Lab will work closely with local academic institutions, international partners (such as IFPRI), and implementing organizations (such as SPRING) to generate strong empirical evidence of how food choices are made, how diets change, and what impacts are possible on nutrition.

The two questions Nutrition Innovation Labs are seeking to answer in Bangladesh are:

a) What have been the impacts of different approaches linking Agriculture, Nutrition and Health on dietary diversity and nutritional status (i.e. geographic co-location of programs, integration of interventions, combinations)?

b) Have programs to increase farmers’ incomes resulted in improved nutrition when not coupled with nutrition programming?

 

Sabi Gurung

Nutrition Innovation Lab
Country Representative
House 10F, Road 82, Gulshan-2, Dhaka- 1212, Bangladesh
Telephone: (88-02) 8823055, 9886958, 8853919
Fax: (88-02) 9855867