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,
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.