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A total of 24 enumerators have been trained on data collection for the project ‘Use of Information Communication Technologies to Understand the Relationships between Labor Saving Agricultural Innovations, Women’s Time Use and Maternal and Child Nutrition Outcomes’ also dubbed the IMMANA Project.

These will be working alongside AfrII project technical staff and partners to investigate whether and how new digital technologies can be used to better collect important information about women’s time use and maternal and infant nutrition in the Eastern and Northern regions of Uganda. 264 households of Mothers of 6 to 23 months old infants living in the two regions have been selected to participate in this study, voluntarily, with each availed a consent form to agree to their involvement in the research.

AfrII nutrition enumerators(bending) calibrate the weighing scale prior to measurement of food at the household. The food consumed by mothers and children is measured to assess impact on nutrition status of the family members.

AfrII’s head of Nutrition, Dr. Joweria Nambooze, also the Project local lead investigator said they will use mobile phones and cameras to track women activities and assess time use efficiency and the impacts on nutrition status of their family. “We are using wearable cameras that will be placed on t-shirts that each mother will be required to wear everyday so as to capture her daily activities from 5:30 am to 9: 30 pm”. Joweria added.

AfrII’s Dr. Joweria Nambooze (with laptop in front) trains the enumerators on how the data collection will be done.

Overall, the project aims to enhance the understanding of the impact of nutrition sensitive agriculture interventions on women and young children to ensure that they have a positive rather than a negative effect on maternal and child well-being. Specifically, the project will:

  • assess the feasibility of using a computerized inter-active voice response (IVR) dairy and a GPS linked wearable camera to assess women’s time use and maternal and infant dietary practices.
  • determine the relative validity of each of these two methods via 15- hour direct observation; and compare it with traditional recall techniques.
  • develop a framework of analysis for assessing the positive and negative impacts of alternative nutrition sensitive interventions, such as recommendations to increase the production and consumption of different foods and/or labor saving technologies on women’s status and wellbeing.

This Project is funded by UKaid through the Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) and is led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It is a collaboration between AfrII, Natural Resources Institute-University of Greenwich (NRI), UK and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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