Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture

Aid for Africa has made a gift to the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, to establish the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture. The Endowment supports graduate students undertaking research in Sub Saharan Africa on how agriculture and nutrition can improve food security and reduce poverty.

In establishing the Endowment, Aid for Africa and the Friedman School recognize that there are many pathways out of poverty and that the Endowment will encourage interdisciplinary scholarship related to Africa, including with other parts of Tufts University. The recipients—initially one student each year—are Aid for Africa Endowed Scholars who undertake research that seeks to improve the health and well-being of people in Sub Saharan Africa.

Katrina Brink was selected as the first Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar in May 2012.  Katrina traveled to Mwanza, Tanzania, to contribute to a study on improved gardening and poultry husbandry techniques and improved nutrition for women and infants.  Read about Katrina Brink’s summer in Tanzania on Aid for Africa’s blog:  Aid for Africa Scholar Helps Improve Nutrition in Northern Tanzania

Jacqueline Lauer became the second Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar in May 2013.  Her research in South Sudan examined why, despite humanitarian aid, malnutrition persists, particularly among children. Read more about her work in South Sudan and the results. Read her stories:

Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar Looks for Reasons Malnutrition Persists in South Sudan

Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar Returns from Tracking Malnutrition and Hunger in South Sudan

Theresa McMenom was the third Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar. In May 2014 she traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to work on a nutrition and economic opportunity project implemented by Save the Children with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The project focused on the prevention of stunting in children two years old and younger.

During the summer of 2015, Aid for Africa’s fourth Endowed Scholar, Dianna Bartone, researched nutrition centers in rural Rwanda, where acute malnutrition affects almost 40 percent of children under the age of five, and health advocacy organizations in Kenya. Here’s her story:

Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar Tracks Community-Led Nutrition Centers in Rwanda and Health Networks in Kenya

Aid for Africa’s fifth Endowed Scholar was Jamie Fanous, who wanted to know if there was a simple way to improve Rwanda’s agriculture for subsistence farmers by using biochar, which converts agricultural waste into a loose charcoal substance that is added to the soil. Learn more:

Can Biochar Improve Rwandan Agriculture? Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar Wants to Know

Aid for Africa’s sixth scholar, Bridget Carle, went to South Africa to find out more about obesity and undernutrition and discovered a strong link with climate change.  Learn more:

The Link Between Climate Change and Nutrition Africa

Read more about how this partnership between Tufts University and Aid for Africa came to be in Blueprint, a university publication.

For more information, contact Aid for Africa’s Executive Director, Barbara Alison Rose at