Animal Source Foods for Nutrition and Health Outcomes Working Group


The ANH Academy Animal Source Foods for Nutrition and Health Outcomes Working Group (ANH-ASFWG) brings together current and former IMMANA Fellows with complementary expertise to review the evidence on how best to measure and interpret the role of animal source foods (ASF) for improved nutrition in Africa and Asia.

Scope of work

The ASF working group aims to review the available data on how eggs and poultry, dairy, fish and meat products of all kinds contribute to nutrition and health in Africa and Asia. The framework document and technical brief will include the reviews of specific metrics used to address the role of ASF in maternal health and child development at particular ages, how intake is influenced by market linkages and socio-cultural factors including gender roles, feeding practices, and intrahousehold allocation, and how these foods contribute to the challenges addressed by other IMMANA working groups on food safety, food environments, sustainable diets and other topics. 

Specific objectives

• To review the metrics, methods and results of recent research on the role of ASF for improved nutrition in Asia and Africa;

• To identify knowledge gaps and research opportunities in this literature, including opportunities for systematic review or eventual meta-analysis;

• To suggest a framework to guide other researchers and practitioners towards best practices.


  • Zachary Gersten, Project Administrator, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Group advisor:

  • William Masters, Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Group members:

  • Bekele Megersa Bati, Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, Hawassa University, Ethiopia

  • Cynthia Runyararo Matare, Technical Consultant, Addressing Stunting in Tanzania Early (ASTUTE), Cornell University/IMA World Health, Tanzania

  • Husein Mohammed, IMMANA Fellow, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University, Canada

  • Kafui Adjaye-Gbewonyo, IMMANA Fellow, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

  • Matilda Laar, Lecturer, Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana, Ghana

  • Mieghan Bruce, Lecturer, College of Veternary Medicine, Murdoch University

  • Nitya Mittal, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • Rosemary Emegu Isoto, Assistant Professor, Department of Agribusiness & Natural Resource Economics, School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda

  • Abu Hayat Md. Saiful Islam, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh

  • Semira Mohammed Beyan, Lecturer, School of Plant and Horticultural Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia

  • Sukhwinder Singh, Postdoctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Management, India

  • Taddese Alemu Zerfu, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dilla University, Ethiopia

See some of their ANH Academy member profiles below:

Group Members