A multi-disciplinary team of researchers comprising soil and crop sciences, agricultural, human nutrition, geography, economics and ethics experts have come together to help alleviate micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs), also known as hidden hunger.
- To improve baseline estimates of MNDs,
- To identify and understand factors underlying MNDs, and
- To test interventions to alleviate MNDs.
The aim of the GeoNutrition project is to provide new evidence to support policy makers in the agricultural and public health sectors of Ethiopia, Malawi and the wider region. This will include new, spatially-informed evidence on the prevalence and causes of MNDs
The GeoNutrition project, led by the University of Nottingham, will focus on Ethiopia and Malawi where MNDs – also known as hidden hunger – are widespread. The initiative aims to improve baseline evidence on the prevalence and causes of MNDs, and test a promising strategy to alleviate MNDs, dubbed ‘biofortification’, which seeks to improve the micronutrient content of food crops.
This project takes a geographical approach to nutrition. Within the natural sciences, we can interrogate large-scale soil, agricultural and landscape datasets to understand the factors that influence the supply of micronutrients to crops and food systems. Within the social sciences, we can explore how processes related to urbanization, gender, demographic change and market access influence health and economic outcomes through nutritional pathways. Through layering and integrating spatial datasets, the GeoNutrition initiative will enable future food systems scenarios, for example, agriculture-for-nutrition policies such as dietary diversification and biofortification, to be explored in the context of environmental and social change.
The GeoNutrition team brings together partners from multiple disciplines, spanning soil and crop sciences, agriculture, human nutrition, geography, economics and ethics. Project partners include the University of Nottingham, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Addis Ababa University, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rothamsted Research, CIMMYT, ICRISAT, ICRAF, IFPRI and the British Geological Survey.
GeoNutrition is funded from May 2017-June 2021 through grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.