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