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Dr Edward Frongillo

Organisation name

University of South Carolina

Job title



North America, United States

Country of current residence

North America, United States

Expertise and interests

Sectoral expertise

academia and research

Disciplinary Expertise

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, food and nutrition, Food Security, human ecology, Nutrition, Public health

Area of interest

Food security, Food, Diet quality, Health, Maternal and child health


Members introduction

I conduct research globally on growth, development, feeding, and care of children; household and child food insecurity; and policy and programs for improving nutrition and development.


Professor Edward Frongillo of the University of South Carolina conducts research globally on the growth, development, feeding, and care of children.  He leads research on household and child food insecurity.  He works also on how to advance policy and programs for improving nutrition and development. He has expertise in validation of measures, evaluation of policy and programs, and design and statistical analysis of longitudinal and multi-level studies

Academic publications

Recent publications

Butler LM, Bhandari S, Otieno P, Weiser SD, Cohen CR, Frongillo EA. Agricultural and finance intervention increased dietary intake and weight of children living in HIV-affected households in western Kenya. Current Developments in Nutrition 4:nzaa003, 2020.

Warren AM, Frongillo EA, Nguyen PH, Menon P. Nutrition intervention using behavioral change communication without additional material inputs increased expenditures on key food groups in Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition, 2020.

Kulkarni S, Frongillo EA, Cunningham K, Moore S, Blake CE. Women's bargaining power and child feeding in Nepal: Linkages through nutrition information. Maternal & Child Nutrition 10.1111/mcn.12883, 2019.

Kim SS, Nguyen PH, Yohannes Y, Abebe Y, Tharaney M, Drummond E, Frongillo EA, Ruel MT, Menon P. Behavior change interventions delivered through interpersonal communication, agricultural activities, community mobilization, and mass media increase complementary feeding practices and reduce child stunting in Ethiopia. Journal of Nutrition, 2019.

Martínez-Jaikel T, Frongillo EA, Blake CE, Fram MS, Esquivel-Solís V. Reducing both food insecurity and excess body weight: A cluster-randomized trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 58:736−747, 2020.   

Murillo-Castillo KD, Frongillo EA, López-Teros V,Haby MM, Corella-Madueño MA, Díaz Zavala RG, Quizán-Plata T. Food insecurity was associated with low quality diet and low levels of HDL cholesterol in mothers of Northwest Mexico relying on fisheries for livelihood.  Nutrición Hospitalaria, 2018.

Nguyen PH, Kim SS, Sanghvi T, Mahmud Z, Tran LM, Shabnam S, Aktar B, Haque R, Afsana K, Frongillo EA, Ruel MT, Menon P. Integrating nutrition interventions into an existing maternal, neonatal, and child health program increased maternal dietary diversity, micronutrient intake, and exclusive breastfeeding practices in Bangladesh: Results of a cluster-randomized program evaluation. Journal of Nutrition doi: 10.3945/jn.117.257303, 2017.

Warren AM, Frongillo EA. Mid-level actors and their operating environments for implementing nutrition-sensitive programming in Ethiopia. Global Food Security, 2017. 

Recent Projects

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Drivers of Food Choice

Multi-Sectoral Agricultural Intervention to Improve Nutrition, Health, and Developmental Outcomes of HIV-infected and Affected Adults and Children in Western Kenya


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