Upcoming HealtyLAND presentation in September 2018

Sahrah Fischer, PhD student from Hohenheim University, Germany will participate in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Conference from 18th – 21st of September 2018 in Parma, Italy. The title of the poster is: “Impact of drought on the nutrient content for food crops: A neglected climate change issue?“.


PhD candidates participate in BLE-PhD Colloquium from 13th – 17th of May 2018 in Berlin, Germany

The two PhD students Anna Roehlig and Maria Gracia Glas from Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany participated in the BLE-PhD Colloquium in May 2018 in Berlin. The first part of the workshop focused on optimisation of presentation skills with regard to their PhD project or paper. Guidance on academic writing and publishing, on how to create good texts and publish them, was part of the workshop’s second part. Besides that, all participants were also officially welcomed at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and were invited to take a guided tour through the German “Reichstag“.

Foto: BLE / Sara Strüßmann

PhD candidates from different collaborating partners at BLE-PhD Colloquium in Berlin


HealthyLAND presentations at DGE congress 2018

    In March 2018, the two PhD candidates Anna Roehlig and Maria Gracia Glas did oral presentations at the Congress of the German Nutrition Society (DGE) in Hohenheim, Germany.

  • Anna Roehlig held a presentation with the title: “Impact of a community-based nutrition education intervention on child dietary diversity in Kapchorwa District, Uganda“. Link to presentation (pdf)
  • Maria Gracia Glas presented preliminary results on “Dietary diversity and nutritional status of small-holder women farmers in three African countries“. Link to presentation (pdf)

  • HealthyLAND Workshop from 26th of February – 02nd of March 2018 in Rauischholzhausen, Germany

    The Centre for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) organised a workshop for the different project partners from Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and Germany who are involved in the HealthyLAND project. Project partners presented and exchanged information about the different implemented activities as well as preliminary findings of the aforementioned. On top of that, in-depth analysis was not only conducted but also discussed between the collaborating partners. The workshop also included drafting of manuscripts by the PhD candidates as well as policy briefs by the respective supervisors.

    Foto: JLU-Pressestelle / Sara Strüßmann

    Venue of HealthyLAND workshop, Rauischholzhausen castle.

    Foto: JLU-Pressestelle / Sara Strüßmann

    Manuscript drafting and information exchange between different collaborating project partners.

    Foto: JLU-Pressestelle / Sara Strüßmann

    Workshop’s participants in front of Rauischholzhausen castle venue.

    Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany annually publishes six editions of an university newspaper called „uniforum“ that also reported on the HealthyLAND workshop in Rauischholzhausen. The article is in german and online available (page 14 – headline: “Mehr als Mais.“). Link to article


    HealthyLAND presentations at Tropentag 2017

    Erick Maina, Sahrah Fischer and Dr. Irmgard Jordan presented first results of different HealthyLAND project activities in form of poster presentations at Tropentag 2017 in Bonn, Germany.

    • Erick Maina presented a poster with the title: “Factors influencing the nutritional status of women of reproductive age in Teso South, Sub-County, Kenya“.
      Maina_Poster_Tropentag_2017
    • Sahrah Fischer presented first results of her study. The title of the oral presentation was: “What is Planted is not Eaten – Using Production Diversity to Link Agrobiodiversity and Dietary Diversity Environment“. Link to presentation (pdf)
    • Additionally, Sahrah Fischer also presented results of the Focus Group Discussions held in the Mt. Elgon Region, Kapchorwa, Uganda. The title of the poster presentation was: “Saving Mt. Elgon’s Soils – How Relevant is Farmer’s Knowledge in a Rapidly Changing Environment“.
    • Fischer_Poster_Tropentag_2017

    • Dr. Irmgard Jordan presented first results of the nutrition intervention in Kapchorwa, Uganda. The title of the poster was: “Diet adequacy of male Ugandan farmers – a cross sectional case study in Kapchorwa District of Uganda“.
    • Jordan_Poster_Tropentag_2017


      HealthyLAND Presentation at DGE Congress 2017

      In March 2017, Dr. Irmgard Jordan did an oral presentation at the Congress of the German Nutrition Society on ”Role of video recording in identifying challenges in food preparation and feeding in Uganda”. The link to the respective abstract can be found below.
      Link to Abstract


      HealthyLAND Presentation at DGE Congress 2016

      Our colleage Anna Roehlig, M.Sc. presented our project at the Congress of the German Nutrition Society with a poster.

      Poster_Roehlig_DGE


      PhD projects within HealhtyLAND project

      Currently there are six PhD projects included in the HealthyLAND project which are coordinated by Dr. Irmgard Jordan from ZEU and Dr. Thomas Hilger from University Hohenheim. They started after the workshop with developing their study proposals. All proposals have been accepted by the respective research and ethic committees in the country of origin in 2016. Early 2017, Mr. Jan Welsh cancelled his PhD studies. Mrs Maria Gracia Glas took over his position. She built here PhD study on his proposal and changed it based on her expertise.

      The following PhD students are involved:

      • Anna Röhlig (JLU Giessen, ZEU, and Institute of Nutritional Sciences): Nutrition education linked with agriculture innovation – effects on the nutritional status of mothers and children in Malawi and Uganda.
      • Maria Gracia Glas (JLU Giessen, ZEU, and Institute of Nutritional Sciences): Impact of an integrated nutrition education and agricultural intervention on food security and nutrient consumption in farmer’s households – A cross sectional analysis of food intake and physical activity patterns of small farmers in East Africa.
      • Sahrah Fischer (University of Hohenheim): Soil fertility, farm management, and its effect on household food and nutrition security.
      • Samwel Mbugua (Egerton University, Kenia): Nutrition education and farm system improvement for enhanced food and nutrition security among households with children under 5 years of age in Teso South, Kenya.
      • Julius Twinamasiko (Makerere University, Uganda): Farm budgeting in mono-cropping vis-à-vis diversified farming systems for increased income, food and nutrition security in Mt. Elgon Region, Uganda.
      • Paul Fatch (Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi): Adoption and sustainable intensification of agricultural diversity and its impact on dietary diversity, nutrition and income among smallholder famers in Lilongwe District, Malawi.
      • Cancelled: Jan Welsch (JLU Giessen ZEU, Institut für Agrar- und Umweltpolitik): Limiting factors of farm production diversity and dietary diversity: An analysis of time allocation in East African smallholder farms.

      • Bachelor – and Master Theses within HealthyLAND project

        Several Bachelor- and Master Theses have been compiled or are still in progress within HealthyLAND research infrastructure. On overview on different topics can be found below. In case further information are needed, please contact the project coordinator: Dr. Irmgard Jordan (Irmgard.Jordan@ernaehrung.uni-giessen.de).

        Master Theses

      • Löw P (2018) “Willingness to implement alley cropping systems in Teso South, Kenya. Adoption of hedgerow intercropping in kitchen gardens on the basis of sustainable land management to improve living conditions“
        Master thesis, submitted to the Centre for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) at the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen.
      • Adelmann C (2018) “Assessing the role of non-timber forest products for enhancing food security and livelihoods of smallholder farm households in the Mount Elgon Region, Kapchorwa, Uganda“
        Master thesis, submitted to the Centre for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) at the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen.
      • Nieland C (2018) „Informal seed systems and their importance for food and nutrition security in East Africa – A case study from Kenya and Uganda“
        Master Thesis, submitted to the Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute) at the University of Hohenheim.
      • Kamrad M (2017) “Diet adequacy of male Ugandan farmers – a cross-sectional case study in Kapchorwa district“
        Master thesis, submitted to the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food Science at the Kiel University.
      • Pochert S (2017) „Soil Macronutrient Availability in farmer’s fields along the north-western slope of Mt Elgon, Uganda“
        Master Thesis, submitted to the Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute) at the University of Hohenheim.
      • Work in progress

      • Niemann J “ The Role of Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) in the implementation of nutrition education programs in Malawi“.
      • Fróes B “ Impact of agricultural intervention on gendered time-use and nutritional outcomes“.
      • Bachelor Theses

      • Heni J (2018) „Potenzial kleinbäuerlicher Betriebe für die Selbstversorgung in Kapchorwa, Uganda“
        Bachelorarbeit, eingereicht an dem Institut für Biologische Chemie und Ernährungs-wissenschaft an der Universität Hohenheim.
      • Deil G (2016) „Impact of globalisation on crop production in East Africa: Drivers and current trends“
        Bachelor Thesis submitted to the Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics (Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute) at the University of Hohenheim.
      • Work in progress

      • Kohane S “Double Burden of Malnutrition among farm families in Kapchorwa District, Uganda“.

      • Visit to Malawi in 2015

        A delegation of the HealthyLAND project went to Malawi to appoint the cooperation with the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), that helply joined the project. The team from Malawi proposed Lilongwe district as study site that is characterized by poor agriculture system and high rates of malnutrition.


        Kick-off Workshop

        From 21th to 25th of September, the Kick-off Workshop took place at the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Giessen. Participants came from the different project partners, i.e.

        • the University of Egerton (Kenya),
        • the University of Giessen (Germany),
        • the University of Hohenheim (Germany),
        • and the University of Makerere (Uganda).

        On the five days of the workshop a fruitful discussion evolved and project details have been adopted. During the five days the transnational and interdisciplinary group managed to establish and foster an common understanding and research interests.

        Foto: JLU-Pressestelle / Sara Strüßmann

        The study group with University of Giessen’s vice-president Prof. Dr. Adrian Dorresteijn in front of the University’s main building


        Tropentag 2015

        At the conference Tropentage 2015 in Berlin, September 16-18, the University of Hohenheim and the University of Giessen presented the HeatlhyLAND project first time in public. The feedback was quite positive and encouraged us to continue our path in the project.



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