Who We Are

Tufts University

The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University was established in 1981 with the mission of bringing together biomedical, social, political, and behavioral scientists to conduct research, educational, and community-service programs to improve the nutritional health and well-being of populations throughout the world.

Principal Investigator

 

Dr. Webb is the Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. As Chief of Nutrition in World Food Programme (2003-2006), he oversaw programs in 30 countries and played a key role in organizing response to food and nutrition needs in many emergencies. This underscores Professor Webb’s globally recognized leadership in defining policies and actions relevant to food aid. Professor Webb is also the Director of the Nutrition Innovation Lab, which generates empirical findings relevant to USAID programming in agriculture, health, and nutrition. Professor Webb was one of the core authors in the 2013 Maternal and Child Health Lancet Series. He is currently serving as senior adviser to the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. 

Co-Principal Investigator

 

Dr. Rogers is Professor of Economics and Food Policy and Director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, where she has been on the faculty since 1982. Prof. Rogers has over 30 years of experience promoting evidence-based policy and programs related to food security, food consumption, and nutrition in the developing world. She has been responsible for the design and implementation of national household income, expenditure, and consumption surveys in several countries, and has conducted many smaller scale surveys of household economic and consumption behaviors looking at the determinants of intra-household resource allocation and the effects of food price subsidies and agricultural policies on food consumption and nutrition. She has worked on estimating cost- effectiveness in food assistance programs in Ethiopia and Malawi. She recently served as PI of a study that focuses on how the effects of food aid programs can be made sustainable after the programs are closed (a 4 year, 4-country study).  In addition to her work on the Food Aid Quality Review, she is working on a project to improve dietary data collection methods and promote the use of such data in policy-making. 

Senior Research Specialist

 

Dr. Rosenberg is a university professor in nutrition and medicine at Tufts and Senior Scientist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA). Formerly Dr. Rosenberg served as Dean of the Friedman School and as the Director of HNRCA. An internationally recognized leader in nutrition science, Dr. Rosenberg has been involved in nutrition and food policy issues ranging from dietary guidelines and reference intakes to international nutrition recommendations.

Knowledge Sharing

Project Administrator

 

Kristin is a graduate from the University of Connecticut where she earned a BS in Animal Science with a concentration in Food Science and will be pursuing an MS in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition with the Tufts Friedman School in 2021. Prior to FAQR, Kristin was a Quality Control Analyst for a global food safety biotechnology company.

Communications Research Assistant

 

Natalie is an MS candidate in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program. Prior to the Friedman School, Natalie was an agroforestry extension agent with the Peace Corps in Guinea from 2016 to 2019, working to improve nutrition outcomes through agricultural interventions. Her graduate studies focus on sustainable agriculture and evidence-based policy in relation to global food security.

Communications Research Assistant

 

Anna Leigh is an MS candidate concentrating on Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs. Prior to Tufts, her research explored treatment of epileptic patients through Precision Ketogenic Therapy. She holds a B.S. in Health Education from the University of Florida. 

Cost-Effectiveness

Cost Specialist/Data Analyst

 

Ye is currently interested in using simulation modeling and decision analytics methods to inform policies at the intersection of health, nutrition, and food. She graduated from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a MSPH in International Health-Human Nutrition and a certificate in Public Health Economics. Prior to FAQR, Ye has contributed to GIS mixed methods research of American Indian reservations and has worked for the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

FACET Research Assistant

 

Justin holds a Masters in Global Health with concentrations in Epidemiology and Humanitarian Health from Northwestern University and a Global Nutrition Programming Certificate from Tufts University. He is a former Boren Fellow where he conducted research on the role of cash transfer programs as a method to combat child malnutrition in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. Justin has spent significant time in the Middle East and East Africa working on humanitarian health issues for a wide variety of institutions. He will be entering the fall cohort in the Food and Nutrition Policy Program.

Current Partners

Consultants

 

Liz Ignowski is a development economist with a PhD from KU Leuven, Belgium. She is a consultant for FAQR tasked with preparing an overarching report about the achievements and impacts of the Food Aid Quality Review from Phase I to the present. She previously worked on FAQR during Phase II as a research coordinator.

 

Quentin provides consulting services to UN agencies, national donor aid agencies and international NGOs on staple food fortification. He is the Coordinator of the Technical Training and Support Group of the Food Fortification Initiative, an international network of private sector industry, public sector and civic sectors promoting staple cereal food fortification worldwide. As FAQR's Food Technologist, Quentin ​supports the project with expertise on milling, food processing, the addition of micronutrients, packaging, and all aspects of food technology related to nutritionally enhanced foods. 

 

Dr. Vosti's current research focuses on the economics of maternal and early childhood undernutrition, with particular focus on developing and using bioeconomic models to improve the efficiency of national and subnational strategies for addressing micronutrient deficiencies in developing countries.  He received his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation in Brazil, and a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute.   

Northeastern University

Northeastern University helps to provide technical support on supply chain optimization and cost modeling. Northeastern will work on developing models that consider the entire value-chain for food assistance programs as a “system”, developing simulations that help to assess the effectiveness and impact of FAQR recommendations relating to multiple food aid emergency scenarios, and developing data-driven decision aid tools to quantify the impact of key supply chain decisions in the context of food safety, nutrient stability, product quality and cost effectiveness.

 

Professor Egun has worked with food aid, supply chain design and optimization and emergency response projects with a variety of organizations including UN WFP, UNHCR, and FEMA. As the Supply Chain Specialist, she focuses on mathematical modeling and analytics to aid decision making on what, where, how, and to whom to deliver food aid. Prof. Ergun received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT.

 

Keziban holds an M.S. in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department as well as an M.S. in Operations Research from Northeastern University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Yildiz Technical University in Turkey. Her bachelor’s thesis explored the topic of close loop supply chain.

 

Weijia Jing is currently a PhD candidate of Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University. Her research focus is on mathematical modeling for large scale optimization problems in the field of operations research. She holds a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and a B.S. in Industrial Design and Product Development from Beijing Institute of Technical & Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona Tech).

 

Haixia currently provides data analytics and web development support for the FAQR supply chain optimization and cost-effectiveness activities. She is interested in utilizing data science techniques to contribute to the area of food and health. She recently earned a master's degree in Data Analytics Engineering from Northeastern University and holds a bachelors' degree in Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining the FAQR team, Haixia worked as a test development engineer in the field of medical devices.

Past Partners

Project Peanut Butter

Project Peanut Butter (PPB) is a local non-governmental organization providing programmatic and humanitarian assistance to malnourished children and pregnant women in Sierra Leone. All PPB ready-to-use therapeutic food aid products are produced locally on a cost recovery basis. PPB partnered with FAQR to provide supplementary food aid products and run the feeding program for the moderate acute malnutrition cost effectiveness study in the Pujehun District.

Save the Children

Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. Along with ACDI/VOCA, SAVE supported FAQR’s research study in Burkina Faso by managing commodity transport, providing on-site commodity management and oversight of the food distribution, and contributing to search dissemination. ACDI/VOCA and SAVE field staff also accompanied FAQR's Field Research Director to local stakeholder meetings and other in-country collaborators.

ACDI/VOCA

ACDI/VOCA is an economic development organization that fosters broad-based economic growth, raises living standards, and creates vibrant communities. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA has worked in 146 countries since 1963. Its practice areas are catalyzing investment, climate smart agriculture, empowerment and resilience, institutional strengthening, and market systems. In Burkina Faso, ACDI/VOCA managed the USAID Title II funded Victory against Malnutrition (ViM) Project.

Caritas Bo

Caritas Bo’s mission is to eradicate extreme poverty, promote social justice, and restore human dignity. Caritas Bo is a chapter of Caritas Sierra Leone, the relief and development wing of the Catholic Church in Sierra Leone. Caritas Bo managed the Field Survey component of the FAQR Phase III Four Foods Study in Pujehun District, Sierra Leone. 

Washington University, St. Louis

During FAQR Phase II, Tufts partnered with Wash U, School of Medicine to assess effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of foods for treatment of MAM. In FAQR Phase III, Wash U’s responsibilities included assistance with site selection, coordination with in-country collaborators, and start-up and implementation of research. Wash U provided expertise in protocol development and leadership in the implementation of the clinical aspects of the study and worked closely with Tufts to provide expertise in protocol development for the three sub-studies.

Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé

IRSS is the national health sciences research institute in Burkina Faso. During FAQR Phase II, Tufts subcontracted with IRSS to contribute in the research protocol and data tools design, to assure the field team training, to collect child anthropometrics and morbidity data at monthly food distribution sites as well as to conduct interviews and focus groups. IRSS was also responsible for monitoring data quality and collecting water and porridge samples for lab testing.

Global Food & Nutrition

Global Food & Nutrition Inc. is a consulting firm working to protect food systems and bring enhanced, diversified foods to consumers, improving their nutrition and food security, helping individuals thrive and creating healthy families and communities.