Food Security and Humanitarian Crisis

Food Security and Humanitarian Crisis

The mission of the Feinstein International Center at the Friedman School is to strengthen the humanity and dignity of people in crisis through knowledge and practice. By combining humanitarianism with evidence-based practice, their programs and research have demonstrated that the only way to bring lasting change is by creating sustainable solutions to the problems that surface in crisis. Their activities and experts in this field span the globe.


Feed the Future - Nutrition Innovation Lab

The goals of the Nutrition Innovation Lab are to generate empirical evidence on the effectiveness of integrated interventions targeting nutrition outcomes in vulnerable populations such as women, infants and young children and to generate human and institutional capacity at local and national levels to identify problems, apply appropriate research tools, assess intervention options, implement best practices, and document impact.

Jennifer Coates

Dr. Coates’s research focuses on the development of methods for improving the design, implementation, and evaluation of international nutrition and food security programs in both development and humanitarian emergency contexts.  Methods-related initiatives include the development and validation of: methods for scaling up global dietary data collection and use (INDDEX); indicators of the affordability of quality diets in Africa (IMMANA-IANDA); a standardized approach to malnutrition causal analysis and response assessment (ACF); methods for evaluating the micronutrient impact and functional health outcomes of national fortification programs (GAIN); dietary diversity indicators in emergency-prone contexts (WFP); and global experiential food security measures (FANTA). 

Farming for Peace

For Major Jessica McCoy, V98, N05, the symbol of peace is not a dove but a chicken. Stationed in Iraq since May 2007, McCoy, an Army veterinarian, is part of a State Department-led reconstruction team whose goal is to help revive Iraq’s domestic poultry industry. If successful, Operation Chicken Run (as the project is affectionately known) will not only improve the quality of the Iraqi diet but also create jobs and promote inter-tribal cooperation, says McCoy.

Robert F. Houser

Robert Francis Houser is a quantitative psychologist with backgrounds in behavioral psychology, social psychology, behavior modification, educational psychology, and quantitative research methods.  He is an assistant professor and statistical programmer/analyst at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy where he teaches several statistics and research methodology courses.

Daniel Maxwell

Daniel Maxwell, PhD, is a professor and acting director of the Feinstein International Center at the Friedman School. Over the past thirty years, he has combined the leadership of food security, livelihoods and humanitarian programming with applied research and teaching. He has managed or advised programs at grass roots, national, and regional levels with focus on strategic planning, program analysis and design, and monitoring and evaluation in livelihoods, food security, and resilience, emergency preparedness and response, and in humanitarian policy.

Sasha Chanoff: Changing the Face of Humanitarian Assistance

After years of working with large non-profits and government agencies to help refugees in war-torn parts of Africa, Sasha Chanoff, N04, had seen too many victims of combat and violence who were left behind by resettlement operations. "I wanted to move out beyond what was being done already to try to find new ways of helping people," he said. So Chanoff, a graduate of the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance Program (MAHA), co-founded RefugePoint.

Sustaining Development

Drs. Beatrice Rogers and Jennifer Coates have released the high-level results of a four-country, multi-year study of the sustainability of development gains from several USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) development food assistance projects.

The study was funded by FFP and implemented through the Friedman School in partnership with the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA).

Feinstein International Center

Research Project/Initiative/Internship | Topics: Food Security and Humanitarian Crisis, Global Nutrition | Programs: Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance

The Feinstein International Center is a research and teaching center based at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Their mission is to promote the use of evidence and learning in operational and policy responses to protect and strengthen the lives, livelihoods and dignity of people affected by or at risk of humanitarian crises.

FAQR - Food Aid Quality Review

The objective of the Food Aid Quality Review project is to develop a consensus surrounding food aid’s nutrient specifications and formulations among a range of stakeholder groups, among which are key officials at USAID and USDA, who can ensure the implementation of recommendations emerging from the project recommendations. This project takes account of advances in nutrition and biological sciences alongside developments in food technology to make available cost-effective commodities tailored to meet the needs of people living in developing countries.

Effective Exit Strategies for Development Food Assistance Projects: Kenya Country Study

A persistent challenge of development projects is ensuring that the benefits of interventions are sustained after the projects end. However, there is little evidence on the effectiveness of different strategies to ensure the sustainability of development projects’ activities, outcomes, and impacts. 

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