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Improving the nutrition and health of CARICOM populations through sustainable agricultural technologies that increase food availability and diversity of food choices

Project Information
Description: 

The overall goal of the project is to improve nutrition and health outcomes of populations in the Caribbean  through an integrated, gender equal, environmentally sustainable systems approach to food availability, safety and quality.  Through a combination of socio-economic and community surveys, field research, and nutrition interventions in schools, the project addresses problems of land and water degradation, inefficient pre- and post harvest practices that underlie food and nutrition security, characterized by rising prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases. Innovations in inclusive market oriented development, and environmental management will lead to policy changes, aimed at securing the food supply through improved marketing structures, in an environmentally sustainable manner.  The project is regional in nature, and piloted in four countries (Guyana, Trinidad, St. Lucia, St. Kitts). It is multidisciplinary in scope, and its scientific merit lies in a “systems approach” of linking agriculture to health.  The project benefits include human development through education and community sensitization programs, for a range of stakeholders. A major expected outcome is a change in consumer behaviour to the consumption of a more diversified diet of fruits and vegetables.

Project Date: 
2011-01-01 - 2022-10-27
Type of Project: 
Research
Research Area: 
Health Research
Sub-Research Area: 
Nutrition

Locations

Guyana
Trinidad and Tobago
Saint Lucia
Saint Kitts and Nevis

McGill University Project Leader Information

Project Leader: 

Kristine G. Koski

Primary Position

Faculty: 
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Department: 
School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
Position/Appointment: 
Associate Professor
Other Position/Appointment: 
Director, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
Research Interests: 
Maternal and child nutrition, nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, biochemical development of the fetus and neonate, nutrition-parasites-immunity.
Role: 
Collaborator

Other McGill Contacts

McGill Contact: 

Leroy Phillip

Faculty: 
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Department: 
Animal Science
Role: 
Co-Investigator

Non-McGill Partners

Partner: 

Isabelle Francis-Granderson

Country: 
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University/Organization: 
University of the West Indies
Role: 
Principal Investigator