FSN Network Meeting: New studies from Tufts University on exit strategies and linking livestock health with child nutrition
The Agrilinks Team attended the Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting in Addis Ababa.
At the FSN Network East Africa Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, both Beatrice Rogers and Kate Sadler, traveling from Tufts University in Massachusetts, sat down with Agrilinks to further elaborate on Tuft's various initiatives and findings. Beatrice Rogers, a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, walked us through her work and described her team's involvement in a project on exit strategies. The study covered an array of projects and looked at how they were designed, how they were implemented, and finally what type of exit initiatives were implemented. Kate Sadler, assistant professor at the Friedman School and senior researcher at the Feinstein International Center, gave a brief overview of her team's recent publication on linking animal health to child nutrition. The study, "Milk Matters: The Impact of Dry Season Livestock Support on Milk Supply and Child Nutrition in Somali Region, Ethiopia," presented the findings of two cohort studies assessing the impact of small-scale livestock interventions, designed to sustain access to and availability of animal milk at the household level over the dry season, on the nutritional status of children under five years of age. Watch the two interview below:
Bio: Beatrice Rogers, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Beatrice Rogers is a professor of Economics and Food Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She served as Academic Dean of the School for 13 years, and is currently Director of the school's Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program. She has been a member of ASN for over 20 years, and has served as Secretary to the Governing Council since 2004. Bea’s career combines teaching in a graduate program to prepare students for careers in food and nutrition policy in the US and globally, and conducting field research on food policy and programs, mostly in developing countries. Her research focuses on economic determinants of household food consumption, including price policy, food aid, food price subsidies and income transfers. Her current research focuses on how the effects of food assistance programs can be made sustainable after the programs are closed (a four year project being conducted in Bolivia, Honduras, India, and Kenya), and she is also working on a project for the US Agency for International Development assessing the programmatic uses and nutritional quality of food aid commodities. She has conducted research on the determinants of intra-household allocation of resources, focusing on the role of female household headship among other factors. More recently she has been working on applying the statistical technique of Small Area Estimation to the assessment of the distribution of malnutrition prevalence at geographically disaggregated levels. She also has conducted research on curricula to prepare international food policy professionals and on their career trajectories. Most of her research has been in less developed countries, including Pakistan, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Republic of Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Honduras, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil, but she has also conducted research in the US on food stamps and their relationship to household food security. Bea holds a PhD from the Heller School of Social Welfare Policy at Brandeis.
Bio: Kate Sadler, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Kate Sadler is a senior researcher for nutrition in emergencies at the Feinstein International Center (FIC) and a public nutritionist with over 10 years experience in the design, management and evaluation of nutrition interventions in sub Saharan Africa. She completed an MSc in Public Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 1997 and went on to work for Concern Worldwide as a nutritionist in several countries in Africa, including Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi. Prior to joining Tufts she worked as a technical and research advisor with Valid International, an organization that aims to optimize the impact of humanitarian intervention through advocacy, research and development. With Valid she had a strong research focus, specifically with the aim of improving approaches for the identification and management of children and adults suffering from acute malnutrition. With this work she completed her doctorate in 2008 with the Institute of ChildHealth, University College London. At FIC, Kate is currently working on several projects including the community case management of severe acute malnutrition in Bangladesh; linking livestock interventions to child health and nutrition in pastoralist areas of Africa; and the nutritional support of people living with HIV in Ethiopia.