Projects Summary

Summary

The 15 studies funded by DFC from 2016-2020 are taking place in 13 low-income countries: Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Kenya, India, Tanzania, Guinea, Uganda, and Nepal. The three main objectives of the studies are:

  1. Development of an understanding of factors that influence food choice amongconsumers in lower wealth quintiles in LMICs to inform policy and practice.
  1. Investigation of how changes to traditional food environments and food systems influence food choice among consumers in LMIC settings.
  1. Evaluation of the impact of nutrition-sensitive agricultural interventions (e.g., home gardening, aquaculture, livestock production, cash cropping, bio-fortification) on food choice behaviors of different household members, especially women and children.

Five studies are taking place in rural environments, 7 are in urban environments, and 3 are conducting their research in both urban and rural environments. Eleven of the studies have a strong focus on gender in food choice.

Studies funded in Round 1

Behavioral Drivers of Food Choice in Eastern India: International Rice Research Institute; KIIT University, India

Influence of Land Impermanence on conservation and utilization of agrobiodiversity and subsequent effect on food attitudes and consumption patterns:Trócaire; Bioversity International; Makerere University

Drivers of Food Choice in the Context of Overweight among Women and Children in Malawi:  RTI International; University of Malawi’s College of Medicine; Harvard University.

Understanding the drivers of diet change and food choice among Tanzanian pastoralists to inform policy and practice:  Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University; International Livestock Research Program (ILRI); Sokoine University of Agriculture.

From Growing Food to Growing Cash: Understanding the Drivers of Food Choice in the Context of Rapid Agrarian Change in Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research; Pennsylvania State University; University of Brawijaya, East Java, Indonesia

Dietary transitions in Ghanaian cities: mapping the factors in the social and physical food environments that drive consumption of energy dense nutrient-poor (EDNP) foods and beverages, to identify interventions targeting women and adolescent girls throughout the reproductive life course: School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, UK; Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, University of Ghana; Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana; Centre for Global Health and Human Development, Loughborough University; the French Agricultural Research & International Cooperative Organization; Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool, UK

Do agricultural input subsidies on staples reduce dietary diversity?: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Department of Economics, University of Malawi

Retail diversity for dietary diversity. Preventing nutrition deserts for the urban poor within the transforming food retail environment in Vietnam: Fresh Studio Innovations Asia Ltd.; Bioversity International, Wageningen University

Studies funded in Round 2

Diet, Environment, and Choices of positive living (DECIDE study): Evaluating personal and external food environment influences on diets among PLHIV and families in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Purdue University; Africa Academy for Public Health; University of Illinois, Chicago

Food Choice in Indian Households in the Context of the Nutrition Transition: Emory University; BLDE University; University of Southern California

Drivers of demand for animal-source foods in low-income informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; International Livestock Research Institute; University of Nairobi

Prospecting For Nutrition?  How Natural Resource Extraction Impacts Food Choices in Marginalized Communities: Helen Keller International; Johns Hopkins University; Université Julius Nyerere, Kankan, Guinea

Incentivizing fruit and vegetable consumption in urbanizing India: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; National Institute of Nutrition of Indian Council of Medical Research; Public Health Foundation of India; Duke – National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School; Indian School of Business; St. John’s Research Institute, India

Nudging children toward healthier food choices: An experiment combining school and home gardens:World Vegetable Center; Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources, Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops

Understanding how dynamic relationships among maternal agency, maternal workload and the food environment affect food choices: Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Africa Innovations Institute; Sasakawa Global 2000, Uganda