Jennifer Coates

Associate Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (Boston, USA)


Jennifer Coates is an Associate Professor of Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Senior Researcher at the Tufts Feinstein International Center. Dr. Coates’s research focuses on the development of methods for improving the design, implementation, and evaluation of international nutrition and food security programs in both development and humanitarian emergency contexts.

Dr. Coates is the PI of the International Dietary Data Expansion (INDDEX) Project, a Gates Foundation-funded initiative to increase the availability, access, and use of dietary data in low and middle income countries.

Dr. Coates is Co-Chair of the Technical Expert Advisory Group on Global Nutrition Monitoring (TEAM), has served on the UN Inter-agency Technical Working Group to improve the measurement of food consumption in household consumption and expenditure surveys; the UN Expert Advisory Group on Food and Nutrition Security Measurement; and the Editorial Board of the Global Food Security Journal.


Innovations in dietary assessment for low and middle-income countries

Information on populations’ diets is essential to design effective nutrition programs, but availability is hindered in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) by perceived high costs, complexity, and delays in obtaining results. The International Dietary Data Expansion (INDDEX) Project tackles issues of availability, access, and use of dietary data with the aim of improving the evidence base on which health, nutrition, and agriculture policy decisions in LMICs are made. This presentation will describe the development and validation of INDDEX24, an innovative technological contribution developed by the INDDEX project designed to reduce the time and cost associated with generating dietary data, particularly among users in LMICs. INDDEX24 offers one part of the solution to these complex bottlenecks facing global dietary assessment research infrastructure.