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

Integrated approaches are key for tackling global malnutrition

The International Union of Nutritional Sciences and the Spanish Nutrition Society hosted the 20th International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) in Granada, Spain last week. Organized every four years, the ICN provides an international forum where different disciplines in the areas of nutrition, diet, and health come together to share their research results and seek areas >> Read more

Moving nutrition up on the development agenda

Nutrition is critical to the healthy physical and cognitive development of individuals, as well as overall economic development. In the last few years, several levers, including new research evidence, IFPRI’s 2020 Conference on Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health, and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement have contributed to moving nutrition up on the global >> Read more

Ireland and Europe’s role in advancing food and nutrition security

I just returned from a trip to Ireland, April 12 to 15, where I participated in several high-level events focusing on topics important to advancing global food and nutrition security. My first stop was the Teagasc and Royal Dublin Society Lecture themed, “Grand Challenges for Global Agriculture and Food” in Dublin. There I gave the >> Read more

Towards a Post-2015 Development Agenda on Food and Nutrition Security

As the 2015 deadline of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals fast approaches, the goal of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger is not on track. While significant progress has been made, nearly 870 million individuals remain undernourished and more than 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. I recently participated in the >> Read more