Global Nutrition: An Opportunity for U.S. Foreign Policy and Business

  • 11th June 2019
  • by secretary
11 June 2019. The CSIS Global Food Security Project organised a discussion on the opportunity for U.S. foreign policy and business to improve global nutrition with Dr. Lawrence Haddad.

He is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and was awarded the 2018 World Food Prize for his exemplary leadership in maternal and child nutrition and efforts to significantly reduce childhood stunting.

The current state of all three forms of malnutrition—underweight, overweight or obese, and micronutrient deficiency—is unacceptable. With one in three people experiencing malnutrition, every country faces the damaging effects malnutrition has on country-level prosperity and security.

Although the current food system faces many challenges today, the private sector must be part of the solution to decrease malnutrition.

  • Industry can play a more integral role in making nutrient-dense food more affordable and available to all populations; this means maximizing profits and prioritizing food and nutrition security and health. 
  • U.S. policymakers should build an environment that fosters public-private engagement, fortifies accountability, and shares decision-making.

This event was made possible by the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.