Mary Arimond, M.S.

 Mary  Arimond, M.S.


  • Analyst
  • Department of Nutrition



M.S. Human Nutrition, Cornell University
B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies, Oberlin College

Research Interests

Maternal, infant and young child nutrition, diet quality, and feeding practices, particularly in resource- constrained communities; dietary diversity and agricultural and food-based approaches to improving diets; and the intersections between research, programs, and policy.

Selected Publications

Arimond M, Zeilani M, Jungjohann S, Brown KH, Ashorn P, Allen LH, Dewey KG. 2013. Considerations in developing lipid-based nutrient supplements for prevention of undernutrition: experience from the International Lipid- Based Nutrient Supplements (iLiNS) Project. Matern Child Nutr. 2013 May 6. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12049. [Epub ahead of print]

Low J, Arimond M, Labarta R, Andrade M, Namanda S. 2013. Case study 5 : the introduction of orange-fleshed sweet potato in Mozambican diets: A marginal change to make a major difference, in Diversifying Food and Diets: Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health, J Fanzo, D Hunter, T Borelli, and F Mattei, eds. New York: Routledge, pp. 283-290.

Torheim LE, Arimond M. 2013. Diet quality, micronutrient intakes and economic vulnerability of women, in Diet Quality : An Evidence-Based Approach, Vol. I, VR Preedy, LA Hunter, and VB Patel, eds. New York: Springer, pp. 105-115.

 Dewey KG, Arimond M. Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements: How Can They Combat Child Malnutrition? PLoS Med. 2012 9(9): e1001314. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001314

Arimond M, Hawkes C, Ruel MT, Sifri Z, Berti PR, Leroy JL, Low JW, Brown LR, Frongillo EA. Agricultural Interventions and Nutrition: Lessons from the Past and New Evidence. In : Thompson B, Amoroso L (eds). Combating Micronutrient Deficiencies: Food-based Approaches. FAO, Rome, pp.41- 75. 2011.

Lutter CK, Daelmans BM, de Onis M, Kothari MT, Ruel MT, Arimond M, Deitchler M, Dewey KG, Blössner M, Borghi E. Undernutrition, poor feeding practices, and low coverage of key nutrition interventions. Pediatrics. 2011 Dec;128(6):e1418-27. Epub 2011 Nov 7. 

Kennedy G, Fanou-Fogny N, Seghieri C, Arimond M, Koreissi Y, Dossa R, Kok FJ, Brouwer ID. Food groups associated with a composite measure of probability of adequate intake of 11 micronutrients in the diets of women in urban Mali. J Nutr. 2010 Nov;140(11):2070S-8S. Epub 2010 Sep 29. 

Ruel MT, Deitchler M, Arimond M. Developing simple measures of women's diet quality in developing countries: overview. J Nutr. 2010 Nov;140(11):2048S-50S. Epub 2010 Sep 29. 

Arimond M, Wiesmann D, Becquey E, Carriquiry A, Daniels MC, Deitchler M, Fanou-Fogny N, Joseph ML, Kennedy G, Martin-Prevel Y, Torheim LE. Simple food group diversity indicators predict micronutrient adequacy of women's diets in 5 diverse, resource-poor settings. J Nutr. 2010 Nov;140(11):2059S-69S. Epub 2010 Sep 29. 

Martin-Prevel Y, Becquey E, Arimond M. Food group diversity indicators derived from qualitative list-based questionnaire misreported some foods compared to same indicators derived from quantitative 24-hour recall in urban Burkina Faso. J Nutr. 2010 Nov;140(11):2086S-93S. Epub 2010 Sep 29. 

Torheim LE, Ferguson EL, Penrose K, Arimond M. Women in resource-poor settings are at risk of inadequate intakes of multiple micronutrients. J Nutr. 2010 Nov;140(11):2051S-8S. Epub 2010 Sep 29. Review.

Daelmans B, Dewey KG, Arimond M; Working Group on Infant and Young Child Feeding Indicators. New and updated indicators for assessing infant and young child feeding. Food Nutr Bull. 2009 Jun;30(2 Suppl):S256-62.

Moursi MM, Arimond M, Dewey KG, Trèche S, Ruel MT, Delpeuch F. Dietary diversity is a good predictor of the micronutrient density of the diet of 6- to 23-month old children in Madagascar. J Nutr. 2008 Dec;138(12):2448-53.

Loechl, CU, Menon P, Arimond M, Ruel MT, Pelto G, Habicht JP,  Michaud L.  Using program theory to assess the feasibility of delivering micronutrient Sprinkles through a food-assisted maternal and child health and nutrition program in rural Haiti. Matern Child Nutr. 2009 Jan;5(1):33-48. 

Ruel MT, Menon P, Habicht JP, Loechl C, Bergeron G, Pelto G, Arimond M, Maluccio J, Michaud L, Hankebo B. Age-based preventive targeting of food assistance and behaviour change and communication for reduction of childhood undernutrition in Haiti: a cluster randomised trial. Lancet. 2008 Feb 16;371(9612):588-95.

Arimond M, Daelmans B, Dewey K; Steering Team of the Working Group on Infant and Young Child Feeding Indicators. Indicators for feeding practices in children. Lancet. 2008 Feb 16;371(9612):541-2. 

Low JW, Arimond M, Osman N, Cunguara B, Zano F, Tschirley D. Ensuring the supply of and creating demand for a biofortified crop with a visible trait: lessons learned from the introduction of orange-fleshed sweet potato in drought-prone areas of Mozambique. Food Nutr Bull. 2007 Jun;28(2 Suppl):S258-70.

Low JW, Arimond M, Osman N, Cunguara B, Zano F, Tschirley D. A food-based approach introducing orange-fleshed sweet potatoes increased vitamin A intake and serum retinol concentrations in young children in rural Mozambique. J Nutr. 2007 May;137(5):1320-7.

Menon P, Ruel MT, Loechl CU, Arimond M, Habicht JP, Pelto G, Michaud L. Micronutrient Sprinkles reduce anemia among 9- to 24-mo-old children when delivered through an integrated health and nutrition program in rural Haiti. J Nutr. 2007 Apr;137(4):1023-30.

Arimond M, Ruel MT. Dietary diversity is associated with child nutritional status: evidence from 11 demographic and health surveys. J Nutr. 2004 Oct;134(10):2579-85.

Ruel MT, Arimond M. 2003. Developments in Measuring Care, and Implications for Programs. Food Policy Review # 6. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute.

Ruel MT, Arimond M. Spot-check observational method for assessing hygiene practices: review of experience and implications for programmes. J Health Popul Nutr. 2002 Mar;20(1):65-76. Review.

Pelletier D, Arimond M, Johnson FC, Liang E, Low J, Mvula P, Msukwa L, Ramakrishnan U, Ross J, Simler K. Annex: Maternal anthropometry predictors of intrauterine growth retardation and prematurity in the Malawi Maternal and Child Nutrition study. Bull World Health Organ. 1995;73 Suppl:80-1.