Complementary Initiatives

Complementary Initiatives

Global Dietary Database

The Global Dietary Database (GDD), housed at the Friedman School, is a comprehensive compilation of information on food and nutrient consumption levels in countries worldwide. The GDD will validate, and disseminate data on dietary intakes of major foods and nutrients for children and adults by age, sex, pregnancy/nursing status, rural vs. urban residence, and level of education. These data will capture the scope of the global nutrition transition, ranging from nutritional deficiencies to overnutrition. The Global Nutrition and Policy Consortium (GNPC) is a group of public health and nutrition experts worldwide that are working together to improve the health of the poorest and most vulnerable populations worldwide through improved diet.  The group aims to assess global dietary intakes throughout the life course, with particular focus on children, adolescents, and pregnant/nursing mothers; understand how both undernutrition and overnutrition affect health worldwide; and evaluate the impact of dietary policies on disease and effectiveness of global dietary interventions. The GDD and GNPC are led by Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian.

The Indicators of Affordability of Nutritious Diets in Africa Project

Based at The Friedman School, the Indicators of Affordability of Nutritious Diets in Africa (IANDA) project (2015 - 2017) developed valid and feasible metrics on the availability and affordability of nutritious, diverse foods and diets in Africa using food price and market data. The project worked with policymakers and program planners across agriculture, nutrition, and health sectors for widespread adoption at national and global levels. The IANDA Project was supported by Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) Grants and was led by Drs. Jennifer Coates and Anna Herforth.

Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions

The Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) program aims to accelerate the development of a robust and coherent scientific evidence base which will support effective policy and investments in agriculture-food systems for improved nutrition. IMMANA is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is a partnership between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, SOAS University of London, Tufts University and The London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). IMMANA is led by Dr. Suneetha Kadiyala and Dr. William Masters directs the IMMANA Fellowships Program, which aims to build a cadre of emerging leaders applying cutting edge methods and metric to agriculture, nutrition, and health research.