Dr. Lawrence Haddad became the executive director of GAIN in October 2016. Prior to this Lawrence was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report, director of the Institute of Development Studies, and director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute. From 2009-2010 Lawrence was also the U.K.’s representative on the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts of the U.N.’s Committee on World Food Security, and president of the U.K. and Ireland’s Development Studies Association from 2010 to 2012. An economist, Lawrence completed his Ph.D. in food research at Stanford University in 1988.
The African continent is home to the youngest population in the world, leading to a growing African consumer market that looks for healthier food options. This represents a great opportunity in emerging markets to create a sustainable value chain working with local agrifood SMEs. GAIN and DSM explain the need to improve the flow of finance to expand SME efforts.
Poor diet is a driver of malnutrition in all its forms: From undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies to obesity. Working with partners, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition wants to make healthier food choices more affordable, more accessible, and more desirable. On the occasion of GAIN’s 15th anniversary, Lawrence Haddad reflects on what the organization has learned so far and considers what’s next in tackling malnutrition.
As World Food Day 2016 approaches, Lawrence Haddad, GAIN's new executive director, shares his thoughts on why we need to focus on building nutritious food systems, as well as the importance of innovative partnership models to tackle malnutrition in a sustainable and effective way.
With only a few months remaining to include more nutrition targets in the Sustainable Development Goals, here is how Canada can play a role in showing the world that malnutrition is inextricably linked with a broader range of global challenges.
For IFPRI senior research fellow Lawrence Haddad, research is a means to an end, a way to make a difference in the lives of the poorest people. In this guest commentary, he explains how good researchers can also be good advocates.
Will talks on the economic impact of undernutrition be on the agenda at next week's U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C.? In this exclusive opinion for Feeding Development, Lawrence Haddad argues for an urgent data revolution in nutrition to put the issue front and center.