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Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems

Lawrence Haddad

2018 World Food Prize Laureate; Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Dr. Lawrence Haddad became GAIN’s Executive Director in October 2016. Prior to joining, he  was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report (GNR).  

From 2004-2014 Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the  world’s leading development studies institute, and prior to that, he was a research Director at  the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He was the UK’s representative on  the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN’s Committee on Food Security (CSF) from 2009-2010. He is an economist and completed his PhD in Food  Research at Stanford University in 1988.  

In 2018, Lawrence was awarded the World Food Prize for his: “relentless leadership and  advocacy in mobilizing political will to make nutrition the focal point of development strategies.”

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