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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 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.

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 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.

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 brose@aidforafrica.org.