Aid for Africa Scholar Tracks Community-Led Nutrition and Health Efforts in Rwanda and Kenya
This past summer Dianna Bartone, the fourth Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar, traveled to Gicumbi, Rwanda, and Nairobi, Kenya, as part of her graduate work in nutrition and public health at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Bartone undertook this work with support from the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture, a partnership between Tufts University’s Friedman School and Aid for Africa. The Aid for Africa Endowment provides a Friedman graduate student with funding to help defray the costs of research in Africa each year.
A story in Blueprint, a Tufts University Advancement publication, helped inspire a $25,000 gift to the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy as part of a new partnership with an alliance dedicated to humanitarian assistance to Africa.
The story of the late Leah Horowitz, N06-a food policy research analyst for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) who died tragically in Ghana and became the namesake of a humanitarian award created by the Friedman School Alumni Association-came to the attention of Aid for Africa, a partnership of charities devoted to promoting grassroots development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Aid for Africa’s $25,000 gift establishes an endowed fund at the Friedman School, The Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture, which will provide annual support for a Friedman School student’s research in Africa into the ways agriculture and nutrition may be used to improve food security and reduce poverty.
“Like Leah, I had worked previously at IFPRI. At the time that I saw her story, we had been seeking a link with an academic institution. With its interdisciplinary focus on nutrition, agriculture, and policy, the Friedman School seemed a very good match,” says Barbara Rose, executive director of Aid for Africa.
“The Friedman School is a school, not a department, yet it’s small enough that we can have a voice,” Rose says. “It’s unique and we’re unique as well. We felt we can make a difference here.”