Seven Grants have been awarded under the first round of Competitive Research Grants to Develop Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA Grants).
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research; International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University; Tufts University; University of Michigan; and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) have been awarded IMMANA funding for research projects lasting between 2 and 3 years. Successful Grants were selected by the Independent Panel of Experts from a pool of nearly 200 applications following a two-stage application process (for details, see the Call for Proposals).
‘I was impressed by the breadth and high quality of IMMANA Grant applications. It was not an easy job to select the successful few. I look forward to seeing how the proposals develop into innovative methods and metrics to advance multidisciplinary research in agriculture for nutrition,’ - said Prof. Charles Godfray, University of Oxford, Chair of the Independent Panel of Experts.
IMMANA Grantees will work on the development of novel methods and metrics in areas such as women’s empowerment in nutrition and livestock-focused agriculture, affordability of nutritious diets, livelihoods of smallholder farmers and climate-smart agriculture.
The IMMANA Competitive Research Grants are aimed to accelerate the development of innovative and interdisciplinary methods, metrics and tools to advance the scientific understanding of the linkages between agriculture and food systems, and health and nutrition outcomes, in order to better inform policy and programmatic actions in low and middle income countries. This workstream of the IMMANA programme is led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. It consists of 15-20 research grants of up to £250,000 to be awarded in two rounds.
IMMANA Grants, Round 1:
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research: The Women’s Empowerment in Nutrition Index (WENI): Measuring nutritional empowerment to better link agriculture to nutrition
International Food Policy Research Institute: Leveraging value chains to improve nutrition: collaborative learning initiative on methods and metrics for improving the identification, design and evaluation of interventions
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University: Women’s empowerment in livestock-focused agriculture: Identifying and understanding pathways to impact for maternal and child nutrition in East Africa
Tufts University: Indicators of Affordability of Nutritious Diets in Africa (IANDA)
University of Michigan: Developing an innovative approach to measuring the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and testing critical linkages from farmer livelihoods to nutrition
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF): Low cost surveillance for monitoring agriculture and nutrition impacts of scaling Climate‐Smart Agriculture in Sub‐Saharan Africa