GeoNutrition aims to inform strategies to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs) primarily in Ethiopia and Malawi, providing a framework through which to (1) improve baseline estimates of MNDs, (2) identify and understand factors underlying MNDs, and (3) test interventions to alleviate MNDs. GeoNutrition takes a geographical approach to nutrition. Within the natural sciences, we can interrogate large-scale soil, agricultural and landscape datasets to understand the factors affecting the supply of micronutrients to crops and food systems. Within the social sciences, we can explore how processes relating to urbanization, gender, demographic change, and market access influence health and economic outcomes through nutritional pathways. Through layering and integrating spatial datasets, GeoNutrition enables 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 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.