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Global Food and Nutrition Insecurity

man showing planted crops to group of peoplePhoto credit: Tanya Martineau | USAID As access to nutritious and safe food becomes increasingly unreliable, research on food insecurity is of critical importance both domestically and abroad. Scientists around the world are leading the way in testing innovative public health and policy strategies to address the reasons behind this trend and develop actions, treatments, and other effective interventions.

This innovative research has the potential to inform efforts in the U.S. where women and people in underserved communities are disproportionately affected by food insecurity with wide-ranging short- and long-term health consequences. Mutual learning between U.S. and international scientists can ideally lay the groundwork for the development of promising new interventions.

The Global Food and Nutrition Insecurity Webinar Series

The goal of this series is to highlight innovative research projects on nutrition and food insecurity and health outcomes in global settings and identify lessons learned and opportunities for adaption in U.S. and other contexts.

Children Eating Enriched PorridgePhoto credit: Harvest Cambodia

Session 1: Overview of global food and nutrition insecurity

Lead: Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Yale University

In this session, our speakers will present a food and nutrition insecurity conceptual framework that can guide measurement approaches to identify the impacts of food insecurity across the world in various age groups and settings including the connection to chronic and infectious diseases and child development. They will also highlight examples of intervention research that presents opportunities for translations and adaptation.

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Session 2: Leveraging food environments for food and nutrition security

LeadAmos Laar, University of Ghana

In this session, speakers will discuss the role that the home, neighborhood, and community food environments play in food insecurity and provide examples of effective food environment and food system interventions across multiple regions that address equity, access, disparities, and sustainability.

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Cristofoletti | USAID

Session 3: Using implementation science to address food and nutrition insecurity

Lead: Edward Frongillo, University of South Carolina and Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition

In this session, we will explore the use of implementation science in food and nutrition insecurity research and provide an example of a global food insecurity innovation that has been adapted across settings.

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Scientific Chair

  • Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Yale University


Susan Vorkoper, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Public Health Advisor
Fogarty Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation
Email: Susan.Vorkoper@nih.gov

Updated May 26, 2023