Tufts University’s Innovation Lab for Nutrition Partners with Government of Malawi to Co-develop Its First Food Composition Table

Malawi is one African country that has significantly improved the nutritional status and health of its citizens. For example, stunting decreased by 10% between 2010 and 2016, and vitamin A deficiency dropped from 22% in 2009 to 3.6% in 2016. But the country’s remaining challenges require relevant data about the local diet and its nutrient composition.

Drudgery Reduction Has Important Effect on Improving Nutritional Status in Low and Middle-Income Rural Households in Ghana and India

A novel study conducted by Srinivasan et al. and published in Economics & Human Biology looks at changes in physical activity patterns, specifically drudgery reduction, and how these changes might affect the energy requirements of both men and women in rural households in Ghana and India. The study, “Drudgery reduction, physical activity and energy requirements in rural livelihoods,” explains that drudgery reduction is the substitution of activities with moderate/vigorous/very vigorous energy intensity with activities that use light energy intensity.

Male-Out Migration in Nepal Comes at a Price by Jeeyon Janet Kim, Elizabeth Stites, Patrick Webb, Mark A. Constas, Daniel Maxwell

New research from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition was recently published in Food Security. “The effects of male out-migration on household food security in rural Nepal ” details gender and food insecurity focusing on male-out migration in the mountains of Far West Nepal. (To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to examine male out-migration effects on household food security in this region in Nepal).

Association Between Aflatoxin Exposure in Pregnant Women and Adverse Birth Outcomes

Newly published research investigating the relation of maternal aflatoxin exposure with adverse birth outcomes such as birth weight, birth length, anthropometric z scores, low birth weight, small-for-gestational-age, stunting, and preterm birth.

Twenty percent of infants were of low birth rate and 32% were small-for-gestational-age. Sixteen percent of infants were stunted at birth and 13% of infants were born preterm. 

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2nd Workshop in Nepal was a Great Success!

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences,  and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition conducted the Second National Workshop titled “Nutrition Research Designs and Methods”, in Kathmandu, Nepal from April 21-27, 2019.