A New Year’s resolution to consider—cut food loss and waste

The holiday season is just over. In the past few weeks, numerous families around the globe filled their plates with holiday-themed food and consumed in merriment, but also discarded a lot of food. Many people are now thinking of New Year's resolutions, such as shedding the extra pounds gained from eating at various festivities. A >> Read more

Compact2025: New partnership for ending global hunger and undernutrition

At the recent Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), I had the great opportunity to offer a statement congratulating FAO, WHO, partners, and countries for their commitment to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. The two main outcome documents of the conference, the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action, are great signs of a >> Read more

Multisectoral approaches are key to improve nutrition in India

India has taken large strides to reduce hunger and undernutrition. According to IFPRI’s 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), India’s GHI score declined by 6.4 points between the 2005 GHI and 2014 GHI. During the same period, prevalence of child underweight fell by 12.8 percentage points. These achievements are remarkable, but complacency must be avoided. Though >> Read more

Overcoming the Triple Burden of Malnutrition in the MENA Region

I recently contributed to the new Arab Food Security Blog hosted on the Arab Spatial website, managed by IFPRI. My entry, “Overcoming the Triple Burden of Malnutrition in the MENA Region” discusses an increasingly prevalent issue in the region, and lays out short- and long-term strategies to overcome the triple burden of malnutrition—calorie deficiency, undernutrition, >> Read more

Preventing an Ebola-Related Food Crisis

With deaths in the thousands and more cases reported each day, the Ebola epidemic has caused tremendous suffering, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This is not just an immense health crisis—it also threatens agriculture and food and nutrition security in the severely affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone), and >> Read more

Digging deeper—hunger, undernutrition, and poverty linkages

Hunger and undernutrition are said to be causes of poverty, and these concepts are often discussed together. However, the relationship between hunger, undernutrition, and poverty is often not fully understood. Prevailing thinking considers extreme poverty to be the root cause of hunger and undernutrition, often in a one-way relationship. With the world producing more than >> Read more

Move to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025: Reflections from my recent trip to Asia-Pacific

I recently returned from a two-week trip to Australia and Singapore where through various platforms, I interacted with donors, policy-makers, and researchers on how we can best work together to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025. Ensuring food security and nutrition for all is a monumental task, but the costs of hunger and malnutrition are >> Read more

Enhancing Profitability of Smallholder Family Farms

As the International Year of Family Farming moves past its halfway point, various discussions at the national, regional, and global levels have focused on solutions for supporting sustainable family farming. One such discussion was a Regional Consultation for the Asia-Pacific region in Chennai, India, from August 7-10, 2014, titled the “Role of Family Farming in >> Read more

Advancing food security and nutrition goals within the SDGs—progress, but not quite there

Ahead of the UN General Assembly in September 2014, an intergovernmental Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently released a draft proposal for the SDGs for resolution at the Assembly. While progress towards global food security and nutrition goals has been made, there is still a lack of consensus on these goals and >> Read more

Resilience critical to end hunger and undernutrition by 2025

IFPRI’s 2020 Conference “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security” that just concluded in Addis Ababa was very stimulating and successful. I was impressed by the dynamic discourses among over 800 participants during the course of three days in 24 plenary and parallel sessions, 21 side events, and a knowledge fair. The momentum for moving >> Read more