Our Work in Africa: Egypt


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The Nutrition Innovation Lab team worked in Egypt from 2015-2016.  The team examined both obesity and stunting in Egypt, as both are common and increasing in prevalence.  Unlike many countries, obesity and stunting cut across socioeconomic groups and affect individuals regardless of wealth and education.

The Nutrition Innovation Lab planned to conduct 3 major activities for this study:

  • Literature review
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Primary data collection for mycotoxin exposure and environmental enteropathy

Relationship of Stunting and Overweight in Egyptian children under five years of age: Trends and associated risk factors.

Egypt’s emerging economy faces a dual burden wherein there is coexistence of under and over nutrition, either in the same population, community, household or same individual. The dual burden of disease can be extremely variable in its manifestation. It can, for example, be manifested as stunted children who are concurrently obese, or as stunted children who may not be currently obese but who are at risk of early onset chronic diseases. Secondary Analysis provided by the Nutrition Innovation Lab.  

Nutrition Innovation Lab Annual Reports- Year 5

The following are the annual reports of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Nutrition for the fiscal year 2015 starting October 2014 through September 2015 (“Y5”). The Nutrition Innovation Lab seeks to discover how investments in agriculture can be enhanced to accelerate gains in nutrition, and how policy and program interventions can more effectively integrated to cost-effectively achieve improvements in maternal and child nutrition at scale. It also pursues innovative research at the frontiers of biology and policy, such as exploring the Continue reading →

Obesity and Stunting in Egypt, and The Roles of Water, Sanitation, and Mycotoxins

Presentation given by Dr. Jeff Griffiths for USAID Egypt in Cairo, Aug. 4, 2015