WEBINAR video available: Women's nutrition through an empowerment lens

Date and Time

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 15:00 to 16:30

Event type



Virtual (webinar)


IMMANA Grantees Dr. Amy Webb Girard (Emory University) and Dr. Erin Lentz (University of Texas at Austin)

Speaker bio

Amy Webb Girard is an Assistant Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University where she teaches courses on global health; food policy and food security; and participatory engagement. Her teaching, research and programmatic areas of interest focus on the social determinants of maternal and child nutrition and the development and evaluation of community based participatory strategies to improve women’s capacity to nourish themselves and their families. Currently her work in maternal and child nutrition encompasses nutrition‐sensitive agriculture interventions and women’s empowerment through agriculture in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia; social and behavior change strategies in Sierra Leone and Malawi; and community-based health systems strengthening programs in Bihar, India. She received her PhD in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Emory University and completed postdoctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Toronto. 

Erin Lentz is an Assistant Professor at the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin.  She received her PhD in Sociology and an M.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.  Erin has received a Fulbright Fellowship to Bangladesh to research the secondary effects of food aid in local communities. She has worked or consulted with CARE, the United Nations World Food Program, and numerous other international NGOs on markets, food security and food assistance programs. Erin is currently pursuing three parallel research agendas. First, she examines the role of gender as mediating agriculture to nutrition linkages in South Asia, with funding from IMMANA and with colleagues Marzia Fontana and Sudha Nayaranan. Second, she studies the relationships among subjective wellbeing, community attributes, relative deprivation, and inequality in sub-Saharan Africa. Third, she examines the drivers of food insecurity and undernutrition in Malawi.


This webinar explored women's health and empowerment; critical factors that are frequently overlooked in agriculture and nutrition research. With the focus of interventions and studies so often centered on child and household indicators, IMMANA Grantees Amy Webb and Erin Lentz examined why women's empowerment matters; and reflect on the implications of its omission for women's health outcomes. This interactive session led to a discussion regarding the types of methods, metrics and tools that could fill these important data gaps. 

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Image: Woman cooking in India. Credit: Anna Marry