Andrew Jones is a public health nutritionist, interested in understanding the influence of agriculture and food systems on the nutritional status of women and children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Specifically, his research examines four major areas:
- how agricultural and landscape biodiversity influences diet quality and food security among smallholder farming households in LMICs;
- how livestock rearing impacts anemia among adolescent girls and women of reproductive age through both nutrition- and infection-related pathways;
- the role of food systems changes associated with the “nutrition transition” in LMICs in potentiating risk of concurrent iron deficiency and obesity, and the impacts of urbanicity and household food security in mediating these dynamics; and;
- the implications for food systems of aligning dietary recommendations with goals for environmental sustainability.
Andrew is currently PI of five externally funded grants centered on examining these research questions in West Africa and throughout the Andean region of South America.
Previously, Andrew has worked as a consultant for several institutions, including the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and UNICEF. He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan from 2002-2004.