Research at the interface of science and society is vital to improving policy responses to many of the world's most challenging and persistent problems. One such problem is food and nutrition security, which has significant implications for children’s health and development across the life course.
Our partner organization, the Zvitambo Institute for Maternal and Child Health Research, has undertaken research and implemented food and nutrition interventions in Zimbabwe for the past two decades. While contributing to improvements in indicators of undernutrition witnessed in recent times (ZimVac 2021), food and nutrition security remains a major problem in rural and urban areas alike.
Working with Zvitambo, our project aims to target two key dimensions of this seemingly intractable problem. Specifically, it adopts an interdisciplinary perspective on food security to, firstly, further understanding of the role played by mobility and migration and, secondly, to better account for the influence of food norms and practices, or food cultures. We argue that bringing these siloed areas together will improve future food and nutrition interventions.