Jessica is a Nutrition Research Specialist involved in designing and implementing 'Agricultural Biodiversity, Nutrition and Dietary' assessments using participatory, qualitative and quantitative methods and has over 7 years of experience working in nutrition-sensitive agriculture in the Asia Pacific Region. Jessica has been providing technical support to guide agricultural investments to have both a resilience food system resilience and nutrition sensitive lenses, to facilitate achieving nutrition and climate resilience outcomes. Intervention programs focus on implementing nutrition packages that promote nutrition education and diversification of local food systems (including homestead production systems and markets) with nutritious foods to enable households to directly access these foods (food gardens), as well as utilize income generated from the value chain projects to reinvest into their household’s nutrition (market diversity). Jessica has extensive experience negotiating with various government ministries and departments to identify opportunities to include nutrition-sensitive agriculture and the promotion of agrobiodiversity into projects and agenda.
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. Jessica is currently a Nutrition PhD Candidate with Gent University (Applied Biological Sciences: Food Science and Nutrition) and holds a MSc Human Development and Food Security from Università Degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy, a BHSc (Complementary Medicine) from Charles Sturt University, Australia, and an Adv Dip Nutrition, Adv Dip Naturopathy, Adv Dip Nutrition Western Herbal Medicine, Adv Dip Homeopathy, from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Australia.
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