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Dr. Irmgard Jordan

Dr. Irmgard Jordan

Coordinator HealthyLAND


Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU)

Justus Liebig University Giessen
Senckenbergstr 3
35390 Giessen,

Room: 111


Institute of Nutritional Sciences
International Nutrition
Wilhelmstr. 16a
35392 Giessen



Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

Scientific Career

Irmgard Jordan studied nutritional sciences and home economics at the Justus Liebig University, Giessen in Germany. For her graduation she wrote a thesis about the role of indigenous plants for nutrition security. After her studies she looked at the potential roles of energy saving stoves for nutrition security in Africa and nutrition security in Sri Lanka. In 2005, she took over a research study on breast cancer and nutrition in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania, which resulted in a doctoral degree in 2012 linking international nutrition and clinical nutrition.
From 2011-2016 her research focused on the effectiveness of nutrition education and food security to improve the nutritional status of infants and young children in Malawi and Cambodia (IMCF project). The project started in Malawi in 2011 and in Cambodia in 2012. In both countries the IMCF project collaborated with food security programs of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation. At the beginning, a baseline study was carried out in both countries followed by a restricted randomization process to select intervention and control clusters in the respective research areas. A pathway to impact analysis has been carried out in collaboration with national research institutions using participatory and qualitative research methods as well as monitoring data from the implementing partners. A longitudinal study component was added to have a better understanding on the direct impact of the nutrition education on the children’s growth. An end line survey was carried out in August /September 2014 in both countries. The project was funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and ended in January 2016.
Her current research focuses on Linking Agriculture and Nutrition for Healthy Diets (HealthyLAND). A team of agriculture economics, agronomist and nutritionist look at which innovations in agriculture linked with nutrition education may improve sustainably improve dietary diversity. The project is implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. After a baseline, detailed information about the farm systems were collected. The information was used to design agriculture innovations and nutrition education sessions which are currently tested.



Peer reviewed journals:

  1. Kuchenbecker J, Reinbott A, Mtimuni B, Krawinkel MB, Jordan I (2017) Nutrition education improves dietary diversity of children 6-23 months at community-level: Results from a cluster randomized controlled trial in Malawi. PLOS ONE, 12(4), p.e0175216.
  2. Reinbott A, Schelling A, Kuchenbecker J, Jeremias T, Russel I, Kevanna O, Krawinkel MB, Jordan I (2016) Nutrition education linked to agricultural interventions improved child dietary diversity in rural Cambodia. The British Journal of Nutrition, Oct;116(8):1457-1468. Epub 2016 Oct 5.
  3. Reinbott A, Jordan I, Herrmann J, Kuchenbecker J, Kevanna O & Krawinkel MB (2016) Role of Breastfeeding and Complementary Food on Hemoglobin and Ferritin Levels in a Cambodian Cross-Sectional Sample of Children Aged 3 to 24 Months. PLOS ONE, 11(3), p.e0150750.
  4. Chiutsi Phiri G, Heil EA, Kalimbira AA, Masangano C, Mtimuni BM, Mthinda C, Herrmann J, Krawinkel MB, Jordan I (2016). The Effectiveness of the Cascade Model in Promoting Improved Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in Rural Malawi. Journal of Nutrition Ecology and Food Research, (3), pp.26–35.
  5. Waswa LM, Jordan I, Herrmann J, Krawinkel MB & Keding GB (2015) Community-based educational intervention improved the diversity of complementary diets in western Kenya: results from a randomized controlled trial. Public Health Nutrition, 18(18), pp.3406–3419.
  6. Balz AG, Heil EA & Jordan I (2015) Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: new term or new concept? Agriculture & Food Security, 4(1), doi:10.1186/s40066-015-0026-4
  7. Kuchenbecker J, Jordan I, Reinbott A, Jeremias T, Kennedy G, Muehlhoff E, Mtimuni B, Krawinkel MB (2014) Exclusive breastfeeding and its effect on growth of Malawian infants: results from a cross-sectional study. Paediatrics and International Child Health, p.2046905514Y0000000134.
  8. Reinbott A, Kuchenbecker J, Herrmann J, Jordan I, Muehlhoff E, Kevanna O, Krawinkel MB (2014) A child feeding index is superior to WHO IYCF indicators in explaining length-for-age Z-scores of young children in rural Cambodia. Paediatrics and International Child Health, p.2046905514Y0000000155.
  9. Keding G, Schneider K & Jordan I (2013) Production and processing of foods as core aspects of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and sustainable diets. Food Security, 5(6), pp.825–846.
  10. Bozorgmehr K, Gabrysch S, Müller O, Neuhann F, Jordan I, Knipper M, Razum O (2013) Relationship between financial speculation and food prices or price volatility: applying the principles of evidence-based medicine to current debates in Germany. Globalization and Health, 9(1), p.44.
  11. Jordan I, Hebestreit A, Swai B, et al. (2013) Dietary patterns and breast cancer risk among women in northern Tanzania: a case–control study. European Journal of Nutrition. Apr;52(3):905-15. doi: 10.1007/s00394-012-0398-1. Epub 2012 Jun 2
  12. Jordan I, Hebestreit A, Swai B & Krawinkel MB (2013). Breast cancer risk among women with long-standing lactation and reproductive parameters at low risk level: a case-control study in Northern Tanzania. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 142(1), pp.133–141.
  13. Krawinkel MB, Keding GB, Chavez-Zander U, Jordan I & Habte T-Y.(2008). Welternährung im 21. Jahrhundert. Eine umfassende Herausforderung (Teil 1). Biologie in unserer Zeit, 38(5), pp.312–318.
  14. Krawinkel M, Keding GB, Chavez-Zander U, Jordan I & Habte T-Y.(2008). Welternährung im 21. Jahrhundert. Eine umfassende Herausforderung (Teil 2). Biologie in unserer Zeit, 38(6), pp.382–389.

Book Chapter

  1. Reinbott A, Jordan I (2016) Determinants of Child Malnutrition and Infant and Young Child Feeding Approaches in Cambodia in: Biesalski HK, Black RE (eds): Hidden Hunger. Malnutrition and the First 1,000 Days of Life: Causes, Consequences and Solutions. World Rev Nutr Diet. Basel, Karger, 2016, vol 115, pp 61-67 (DOI:10.1159/000444609)

Most recent abstracts accepted for oral presentation at conferences

  1. van der Hoeven M, Koch T, Jordan I, Heil E, Claasen N (2016) What motivates consumers in rural South Africa to purchase locally produced foods? (World Nutrition 2016, Cape Town, South Africa)
  2. Jordan I, Krawinkel MB (2016) Ernährungsbildung verbessert Wachstum von Säuglingen und die Qualität der Ernährung (Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tropenpädiatrie, Giessen, Germany)
  3. Jordan I, Kuchenbecker J, Chiutsi Phiri G, Muehlhoff E, Krawinkel MB (2015) Improving Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices through Nutrition Education with Local Resources — Results from a Longitudinal Study in Malawi (Tropentag 2015, Berlin)
  4. Jordan I, Reinbott A, Kuchenbecker J, Chiutsi Phiri G, Schelling A, Khun M, Herrmann J, Jeremias T, Muehlhoff E, Krawinkel MB (2015) Improving infant and young child feeding with local resources in Malawi and Cambodia (2nd Global Food Security Conference, Ithaca, NY, USA)
  5. Jordan I, Kuchenbecker J, Chiutsi Phiri G, Reinbott A, Hermann J, Mühlhoff E, Krawinkel MB (2015) Improving infant and young child feeding practices through nutrition education with local resources – results from a longitudinal study in Malawi (10. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Epidemiologie, Berlin, Germany)
  6. Jordan I, Krawinkel MB (2015) IMCF Malawi Preliminary Results of Longitudinal Study (Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tropenpädiatrie, Mainz, Germany)
  7. Jordan I, Kuchenbecker J, Chiutsi Phiri G, Reinbott A, Krawinkel MB (2014) Improved nutritional status of children below 2 years after 6 months of participatory community nutrition education (9. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Epidemiologie, Ulm, Germany)
  8. Jordan I, Kuchenbecker J, Höber L, Mtimuni B, Krawinkel MB (2012) Determinants of nutritional status and dietary diversity among children below two years in Malawi (African Nutritional Epidemiology Conference, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
  9. Jordan I, Korn A, Mtimuni B, Krawinkel MB (2012) Effectiveness of a nutrition education intervention to improve complementary feeding practices in Malawi: a restricted randomized trial (World Nutrition 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)