Building Capacity for Sustainable Livelihoods and Health in Ghana


140417-105742-9296A team led by Grace Marquis, Canada Research Chair in Social and Environmental Aspects of Nutrition and professor in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, will receive a grant of close to $3.5 million for an innovative five-year Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (FATD) project aimed at improving the health and household food security of infants and children in southeastern Ghana’s Upper Manya Krobo district.

In collaboration with colleague Dr. Anna Lartey of the University of Ghana, World Vision and local resource institutions, the project, which involves 3,000 households in the area, is designed to foster collaboration among workers in the diverse sectors (health, agriculture, education, finance) in the region in order to develop district-level capacity in nutrition and to examine intervention packages where integrated activities (for example, agricultural and health) are combined to promote food security and health. The project will help families improve their diet through the addition of animal-based foods, expand the diversity of foods grown, and gain income through the sale of eggs. The families, in turn, will pass on chickens to the next group of families to receive the intervention.

Marquis and Lartey have collaborated on research projects for many years, and in 2010 established the University of Ghana Nutrition Research and Training Centre in Asesewa, which will serve as the project’s headquarters.

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