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Dr. Irmgard Jordan

Dr. Irmgard Jordan

Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU)

Justus Liebig University Giessen
Senckenbergstr 3
35390 Giessen,
Germany

+49-(0)641-99-12704
Room: 111

Project Involvements

as coordinator
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. 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.
In 2015 she joined the Center for International Development and Environmental Research to coordinate the HealthyLAND project (Linking Agriculture and Nutrition for Healthy Diets). She was in particular responsible for the nutrition component and the overall coordination of this project. A team of agriculture economics, agronomist and nutritionist looked at which innovations in agriculture linked with nutrition education may sustainably improve dietary diversity. The project was implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi from 2015 till 2019 and was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture with the support of PT-BLE.

Since 2018 she leads the work package “food culture and nutrition” within the LEAP-Agri project EaTSANE (Education and Training for sustainable agriculture and nutrition in East-Africa which is coordinated by partners from the Hohenheim University. The project is implemented in Uganda and Kenya and follows up on findings from the HealthyLAND project.

In her project activities she emphasizes on identifying strategies and innovations for the development of sustainable food systems to achieve food and nutrition security for all.

 


 

Peer reviewed journals:

    1. Fischer S, Hilger T, Piepho H-P, Jordan I, Karungi J, Towett E, Shepherd K, Cadish G (2020) Soil and farm management effects on yield and nutrient concentrations of food crops in East Africa. Science of The Total Environment, 716, p.137078
    2. Heil E, Irmisch J, Schrode A, Seiffert M, Vohland V, Gärtner S, Jordan I (2019) „Agenda 2030: Ernährungsstrategien in Deutschland und weltweit“. Available at: https://www.ernaehrungs-umschau.de/print-artikel/12-06-2019-agenda-2030-ernaehrungsstrategien-in-deutschland-und-weltweit/
    3. Fischer S, Hilger T, Piepho H-P, Jordan I, Cadish G (2019) Do we need more drought for better nutrition? The effect of precipitation on nutrient concentration in East African food crops. The Science of the Total Environment, 658, pp.405–415.
    4. Chiutsi-Phiri G, Heil E, Kalimbira AA, Mansangano C, Mtimuni BM, Krawinkel MB, Jordan I (2017) Reduced Motivated Adoption of Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices after Nutrition Education Intervention in Rural Malawi. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 56(4), pp.329–348.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. 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
    11. 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.
    12. 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.
    13. 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.
    14. 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.
    15. 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
    16. 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.
    17. 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.
    18. 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. Nespital U & Jordan I (2019) Möglichkeiten der inter- und intradisziplinären Förderung des ernährungswissenschaftlichen Diskurses mit der Fünfsatzdebatte. In M. Pabst-Weinschenk, ed. Kooperative Rhetorik in Theorie und Praxis. Sprache und Sprechen. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren, p. p183
    2. 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)

     

    Project Reports

     

    Bissinger K, Busl L, Dudenhöfer C, Fast D, Heil EA, Herrmann R, Jordan I, Pfisterer A (2018) Repräsentative Markterhebung zur Verwendung von Jodsalz in handwerklich und industriell gefertigten Lebensmitteln, Schlussbericht zum Forschungsprojekt für das Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL) Giessen: Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. Available at: https://service.ble.de/ptdb/index2.php?detail_id=151927&site_key=141&stichw=markterhebung&zeilenzahl_zaehler=1#newContent.