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

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

Global leaders reshaping agriculture and food security agenda in Davos

I just returned from Davos where I participated in a number of events as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014, January 22-25. The meeting, themed “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics, and Business,” brought together leaders from government, business, international organizations, academia, and civil society to map out key >> Read more

Toward food secure China

Food security in China is increasingly challenged by a combination of different factors such as increasing demand, rapid urbanization, limited natural resources and rural labor supply, and higher risk of food safety and environmental problems. The No 1 Central Document released by the government of China on Sunday, January 19, reiterated the importance of improving >> Read more

From subsistence to profit: Transforming smallholder farms

The global agriculture and food system is being rapidly transformed. What would be the role of smallholder farmers in this process? Is small still beautiful in today’s global food security equation? In a new report “From Subsistence to Profit: Transforming Smallholder Farms,” my co-authors and I argue that smallholders still have an important role to >> Read more