Strengthening partnerships to promote nutrition and health

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr. Shenggen Fan

Hunger, malnutrition, and poor health are all-too prevalent and stubborn development challenges. To explore new ways to jointly tackle these challenges, I recently spoke with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Dr. Francesco Branca, WHO’s Director of Nutrition for Health and Development. We shared some exciting ways our institutions could strengthen our partnership to promote better nutrition and health.

At the country-level, WHO and IFPRI will look to collaborate on data collection, analysis, and capacity building; supporting advocacy with evidence; and tracking products throughout food supply chains and analyzing nodes along the chain where nutrition and health could be improved. At the global level, our institutions could collaborate in global fora to promote food systems that deliver on health and nutrition goals. We can also work to share knowledge with WHO on issues related to policies for healthy diets.

I am delighted that WHO will be a partner with us for our upcoming global conference to be held in Bangkok, November 2018. I look forward to continue strengthening our partnership as we work together to ensure good nutrition and health for all.