Jessica is involved in designing and implementing 'Agricultural Biodiversity, Nutrition and Dietary' assessments using participatory, qualitative and quantitative methods. She is currently is leading a project in Vietnam designed to improve dietary diversity through an integrated systems perspective. Jessica also supports the Sustainable Diets activities and believes that it is crucial to understand how biodiversity can be utilized to improve the sustainability of food systems and quality of diets.
Jessica started her career as a Clinical Nutritionist in Australia and moved into international research-for-development in 2010. At Bioversity International, she began working on the Conservation & Availability research area within the scope of ex situ conservation, followed by working with the DDG office developing and validating a 'Rapid Biodiversity Assessment' method in Ghana.
MSc Human Development and Food Security, Universita Degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
BHSc (Complementary Medicine), Charles Sturt University, Australia
Adv Dip Nutrition, Adv Dip Naturopathy, Adv Dip Nutrition Western Herbal Medicine, Adv Dip Homeopathy, Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Australia
Dietary species richness as a measure of food biodiversity and nutritional quality of diets
Assessing the potential of wild foods to reduce the cost of a nutritionally adequate diet