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Kennedy, Gina

Gina Kennedy, Scientist, Bioversity International

Theme leader, Diet Diversity for Nutrition and Health

Gina leads a research programme to understand the role of agricultural biodiversity in improved nutrition and health and serves as the Bioversity International focal point for the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health.

She develops, leads and manages nutrition research activities and projects on the use of agricultural biodiversity, particularly in the context of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Her activities also include research design, implementation and analysis of primary research questions related to the role of agricultural biodiversity, nutrition and sustainable diets. She also identifies and pursues opportunities for funding and provides technical assistance to other CGIAR Research Program leaders working on the diet diversity and diet quality cross-cutting Intermediate Development Objective.

Prior to joining Bioversity Gina worked for the Nutrition Division of FAO on food-based indicators for use in food and nutrition security programs, nutrition assessment and nutrient requirements. She also managed a research project studying the impact of food security interventions combined with nutrition education on use of locally available foods to improve nutrient intakes, micronutrient status and growth of young children.

Prior to working for FAO, she worked for GIZ in Guinea, West Africa and the public health system in the Republic of Kiribati.



PhD Public Health Nutrition, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Master in Public Health, University of Alabama

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Publication highlights:

Kennedy G, Fanou-Fogny N., Seghieri C, Arimond M, Koreissi Y, Dossa R, Kok F, Brouwer I. 2010. Food groups associated with a composite measure of probability of adequate intake of 11 micronutrients in the diets of women in urban Mali. Journal of Nutrition 140:11; 2070S-2078S.

Arimond M, Wiesmann D, Becquey E, Carriquiry A, Daniels M, Deitchler M, Fanou-Fogny, N, Joseph M, Kennedy G, Martin-Prevel Y, Brouwer I. 2010. Simple food group diversity indicators predict micronutrient adequacy of women’s diets in 5 diverse, resource poor settings. Journal of Nutrition 140:11;2059S-2069S.