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Health, Economics, Livelihoods, and Society Thematic Area

Preliminary topics/potential areas of synergy of this Thematic Area:

Dollar stores and human health in the US

  • Are dollar stores affecting consumer food behaviors, or is consumer behavior driving where dollar stores choose to locate?
  • What is the relationship between these dynamics and health indicator data, such as diabetes, hypertension, or obesity? What role does SNAP play in these dynamics between food availability, purchase, and health outcomes?
  • How can we leverage existing datasets, such as TDLinx, BRFSS, and other data?
  • Potential UF actors: FRED, FYCS, Food Science, Public Health

 Behavior change communication (BCC) in agricultural value chains in LMIC

  • Focus on designing and testing interventions for improved management and behavior change at multiple links in value chains, e.g., train farmers on best practices while demonstrating to processors the value of buying from producers who use best practices.
  • Address challenges associated with improved management and behavior change when effects are hard to observe or not rewarded by markets without additional intervention
  • Potential for innovative use of technology, e.g., development of internet-connected sensors in collaboration with NELMS for measuring food safety/quality.
  • Potential UF actors: Animal Science, NELMS, FRED

Innovative financial mechanisms for the poor

  • Moving digital credit beyond consumption – designing credit products appropriate for growing agricultural enterprises in LMIC while incorporating consumer protections (e.g., tailoring contracts and marketing strategies to avoid over-indebtedness).
  • Pairing innovative credit tools with risk management products, e.g., index insurance, drought-resistant varieties.
  • Potential UF actors: FRED

Livelihoods and health – Sahel – COVID19

  • Climate change and demographic pressure are testing the boundaries Sahelian pastoral resilience, intersecting is some areas with political instability and/or insecurity, with the consequence of serial episodes of acute food insecurity.
  • COVID-19 effects on food security globally, particularly pastoral systems where resilienc is well studied but under multiple threats.
  • The experience of livestock holders – from urban livestock holders, to agropastoral populations, to transhumant herders – as they employ coping mechanisms and adaptations to meet their food and nutritional requirements in the context of COVID-19.
  • Potential UF actors: Sahel Research Group, Center for African Studies, Political Science, Public Health, Geography, Environmental Engineering, Public Health, IFAS

FSI Leads for the Health, Economics, Livelihoods, and Society Thematic Area:

Sarah McKune
Conner Mullally