Since 2010, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition has pursued applied research to support the goals of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, built institutional capacity for analysis and evidence-based policy in developing countries, and offered scholarships to support individual capacity development through formal degree education in the United States and elsewhere. Join the Innovation Lab for Nutrition and USAID Advancing Nutrition for a webinar series to hear about the project's research, results, and learning to inform future programming.

Designed to inform and engage stakeholders, this series will cover research conducted by the Innovation Lab for Nutrition and its stakeholders over the past ten years. During each webinar, panelists will present findings from their research, discuss policy implications of these findings, discuss what needs to be done to better link research to practice, and identify research gaps for future consideration.

Upcoming & Past Webinars

Past Webinar

Novel Metrics to Support Research, Programming, and Policy in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health: Findings from India, Nepal and Ghana

September 16, 2020 from 9-10:30AM EDT (GMT- 4)
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Emerging global evidence highlights the lack of critical, accurate, and timely data as a major weakness for decision-making around policy and programmatic actions relevant to diets, nutrition, and overall food systems. With rapid and increased utilization of digital technologies by development programs, there is a growing focus on the development of novel metrics that can better support evidence-based policy making. Research supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition in low- and middle-income countries explores the use of technologies such as mobile data and accelerometers to assess food security and the relationship of physical activity, energy expenditure and diet quality in specific population sub-groups.

Join this webinar, co-hosted by USAID Advancing Nutrition and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, to learn more about the research findings and policy and programmatic implications from the studies conducted in India, Nepal, and Ghana aimed at generating evidence for sound policy making in agriculture, nutrition, and health.

Past Webinar

Women’s Diets, Roles in Agriculture, and Nutrition: Findings from Nepal, Uganda and Tanzania

September 2, 2020 from 9-10:30AM EDT (GMT- 4)
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Women’s roles in agriculture has been widely proposed as key to achieving improved maternal and child health and nutrition. In low-middle income countries (LMICs), rural households depend on agriculture for their livelihood, in which women actively participate, while also being more vulnerable than men to economic and food availability stresses. As large-scale, multisectoral programs in LMICs focus on sustainable agricultural development by considering women’s roles and gender equity in agriculture, it is critical to understand the impact of these programs on women’s empowerment and decision making, production diversity and dietary diversity. Research supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition in Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda investigates apparent influences of gender, diversity and specificity of household food production, and food purchasing patterns on women’s dietary diversity and adequacy. Women’s empowerment, in terms of ownership and decision making in cash crops, is examined as a means to improve child and maternal nutrition and health outcomes. Please join this webinar to learn more about the research findings and policy and programmatic implications from the studies conducted on women’s diets, roles in agriculture, health, and nutrition.

Past Webinar

Environmental Enteric Dysfunction, WASH, and Nutritional Status of Women, Infants, and Young Children: Findings from Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Nepal

August 19, 2020 from 9-10:30AM EDT (GMT- 4)
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Environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) is a dynamic condition characterized by reduced nutrient absorption, increased gut permeability, and inflammation. It is associated with poor environmental hygiene and contamination, poor water quality, poor hygiene and sanitation practices, and an altered microbiota. Research supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition in Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Nepal aimed to test new metrics for EED assessment, examine the relationship of EED, stunting and wasting within the context of poor WASH practices, an altered microbiota, and the presence of contaminants such as mycotoxins. Please watch a recording of this webinar, which was co-hosted by Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition and USAID Advancing Nutrition, to learn more about findings from the studies and to discuss the necessary policy and programmatic actions required to tackle EED and its underlying causes.

Past Webinar

Aflatoxins and Maternal and Child Nutrition: Findings from Nepal, Mozambique, Uganda, and Timor-Leste

August 12, 2020 from 9-10:30AM EDT (GMT- 4)
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Exposure to mycotoxins through the diet is widespread in many resource-constrained areas of the world. Additionally, research conducted by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition at Tufts University suggests that aflatoxins, in particular, may be associated with poor nutrition outcomes in infants and young children, beginning in utero. Please watch a recording of this webinar to learn more about findings from studies in Uganda, Mozambique, Nepal, and Timor-Leste and to discuss the necessary policy and programmatic actions required to improve food safety, limit exposure, and improve health.

Past Webinar

Animal Source Foods (ASFs) and Child Nutrition in Bangladesh, Nepal and Uganda

August 5, 2020 from 9-10:30AM EDT (GMT- 4)
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Animal sourced foods (ASFs) are nutrient dense foods that when consumed in small amounts provide quality protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and all nutrients critical for growth and development, particularly of infants and young children. While evidence supports the contribution of ASFs in improving the linear growth of children, a better understanding of the long-term effects of the consumption of different ASFs is needed. Please watch a recording of this webinar to examine the role of ASFs in improving the nutritional status of vulnerable populations and receive findings from the Innovation Lab for Nutrition’s studies in Nepal, Uganda and Bangladesh. These included econometric multi-country analyses assessing the role of the type of ASF and the total number of ASFs in supporting optimal growth and development. We also presented analyses and findings on our work in the realm of nutrition-sensitive interventions (e.g. aquaculture and animal husbandry), consumption of ASFs, and nutritional status.

Past Webinar

Markets and Infrastructure: The Roles of Market Access in Shaping Diets in Bangladesh, Uganda, and Nepal

July 15, 2020 from 9-10:30 AM EST
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Many factors combine to shape diets and maternal and child health. In this webinar co-hosted by USAID Advancing Nutrition and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, we reviewed recent research from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition regarding the role of markets and infrastructure in mitigating nutritional risks. We focussed specific attention on findings from Bangladesh, Nepal and Uganda, examining correlations and drivers of dietary diversity, linear growth and weight gain, and nutritional resilience.

Past Webinar

Aquaculture-Horticulture Linkages and Innovative Technologies in Bangladesh

June 17, 2020 from 9-10 AM EST
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In Bangladesh, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition's 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), NIL works 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.

This webinar covered NIL's research, findings, and innovative technologies in the realm of aquaculture and horticulture in Bangladesh. Speakers explained how their efforts contribute to a shared research agenda that ultimately informs policy and programming within the context of USAID and globally.