Research Updates: Expanding Skillsets for Female Enumerators in Jordan

To successfully carry out maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) research activities in Jordan and capture clinically sensitive data from the target population in the country, there needs to be increased engagement of female professionals working in MIYCN. The Feed the Future Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab strives to address this need through various capacity building activities and recently conducted a five-day anthropometric training from October 1st- 5th, 2023 in Amman to equip women with the skills needed for taking anthropometric measurements for data collection.

Member Spotlight: Mohammad Qardan, In-Country Program Manager at the Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab



Mohammad Qardan is the in-country Program Manager at the Feed the Future Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab (JNIL). He has been working with the Lab since July of 2021 and will be leaving JNIL at the end of August to pursue a master’s degree at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom (UK). Read more about Mohammad and his experiences with the Lab below!


Introducing the 2023 Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab Fellows

The USAID-supported Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab (JNIL) is pleased to announce that four fellows have been selected as recipients of the JNIL 2023 Fellowships Program: Dr. Iman Mahmoud, Assistant Professor at the University of Petra, Dr. Rand Akasheh, Assistant Professor at American University of Madaba, Dr. Hiba Al-Fahmawi, Assistant Professor at the University of Jordan, and Dr. Khetam Al-Awamreh, Assistant Professor at Al Al-Bayt University.

New Partnership Between Tufts University Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition and Mindset in Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Associate Cooperative Agreement No. 72027820LA00003Tufts University Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition is pleased to announce a new a partnership with Mindset, a research firm based in Jordan. Through a competitive bidding process, Mindset was chosen for its outstanding professional expertise and experiences as evidenced by its portfolio of projects including rigorous research designs and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building initiatives.

Tufts University’s Innovation Lab for Nutrition Partners with Government of Malawi to Co-develop Its First Food Composition Table

Malawi is one African country that has significantly improved the nutritional status and health of its citizens. For example, stunting decreased by 10% between 2010 and 2016, and vitamin A deficiency dropped from 22% in 2009 to 3.6% in 2016. But the country’s remaining challenges require relevant data about the local diet and its nutrient composition.

Drudgery Reduction Has Important Effect on Improving Nutritional Status in Low and Middle-Income Rural Households in Ghana and India

A novel study conducted by Srinivasan et al. and published in Economics & Human Biology looks at changes in physical activity patterns, specifically drudgery reduction, and how these changes might affect the energy requirements of both men and women in rural households in Ghana and India. The study, “Drudgery reduction, physical activity and energy requirements in rural livelihoods,” explains that drudgery reduction is the substitution of activities with moderate/vigorous/very vigorous energy intensity with activities that use light energy intensity.