Jennifer Coates

Jennifer CoatesSenior Researcher; Assistant Professor

Jennifer Coates, PhD., is an Assistant Professor in the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Jennifer Coates specializes in methods for food security and nutrition assessment and the evaluation of programs spanning humanitarian emergency and development contexts. Her current research portfolio includes a study in Kenya of exit strategies from food aid programs; in Haiti and Ethiopia of the impact and cost-effectiveness of food support to HIV+ individuals; and in Ethiopia of livelihood dynamics in chronic emergencies. She has worked to develop and validate universal household food security measures and is currently developing new methods for conducting nutrition causal analysis.

Jennifer teaches a course on international food policy and on program monitoring and evaluation at the Friedman School. Jennifer frequently conducts evaluations for UN organizations, provides technical assistance to PVOs implementing food security, nutrition, and health activities, and has served as an ongoing consultant to the USAID-funded Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) Project. Prior to joining the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Jennifer worked with John Snow, Inc. for nearly seven years managing large, USAID-funded integrated MCHN and reproductive health projects.

FIC Publications

How do Different Indicators of Household Food Security Compare? Empirical Evidence from Tigray
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With recent food crises at both regional and global levels, and renewed commitments from major donor countries to address chronic hunger, food security is more prominent on the policy agenda…

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Food by Prescription Measuring the Impact and Cost-Effectiveness of Prescribed Food on Recovery from Malnutrition and HIV Disease Progression among HIV+ Adult Clients in Ethiopia
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Great strides have been made over the last 20 years in the long-term management of HIV infection in developing countries, resulting in improved immune function, reduced mortality, and prolonged survival….

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Final Report: Africa Community Resilience Project Tsaeda Amba Woreda, Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia Research Program on Livelihoods Change over Time
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Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programs encompass many different kinds of activities, but share the fundamental objective of enhancing the capacity of vulnerable communities to identify, reduce and manage risk, whether…

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Institutional Assessment Report: Africa Community Resilience Project Tsaeda Amba Woreda, Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia Research Program on Livelihoods Change over Time
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Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programs encompass many different kinds of activities, but share the fundamental objective of enhancing the capacity of vulnerable communities to identify, reduce and manage risk, whether…

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Research

Livelihoods Change over Time Responses of Communities and Agencies to Chronic Crisis
By Jennifer Coates, Daniel Maxwell | September 2013

The overarching objective of the proposed research is to enhance the understanding of how livelihoods change in response to stress and crisis, and to improve humanitarian practice in responding to disaster and improving livelihoods.

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