AgriDiet is a research partnership between eight universities and research centres in Ireland, the UK, Ethiopia and Tanzania, led by University College Cork. The project is funded by Irish Aid and runs for three years starting in October 2012 and ending September 2015.
The research partners are; University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD), Haramaya University (HU), Mekelle University (MU), Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), St Augustine’s University of Tanzania (SAUT) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).
The aim of the project is to understand how agriculture impacts on the nutritional status of rural households in areas of high nutritional vulnerability and to identify policies and interventions that can make a positive impact on nutritional status. The project focuses on how to promote nutritionally-sensitive agricultural development, particularly amongst smallholders, with a particular focus on the nutritional needs of children and young women.
The project involves research at a number of different levels: international, national policy level, meso and household level. The household surveys will be carried out by six PhD scholars, registered in UCC and UCD but jointly supervised and supported by staff at UCC, Haramaya and Mekelle for the three Ethiopian PhD students and UCD, Sokoine and St Augustine’s for the three Tanzanian PhD students.