WEBINAR: The New Nutrition Reality: Time to Recognize and Tackle the Double Burden of Malnutrition!

1 December 2020. This seminar presented new global evidence on the magnitude of the double burden of malnutrition, describe the interconnected biological, societal, and ecological drivers of it, and propose a way forward on designing and estimating the cost-effectiveness of double-duty actions to tackle multiple forms of malnutrition simultaneously. The COVID-19 pandemic exemplifies the urgency of re-thinking nutrition policy and programming to tackle the new nutrition reality.

Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD), World Health Organization (WHO)


  • Barry Popkin, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina
  • Jonathan Wells, Professor of Anthropology and Paediatric Nutrition, UCL Institute of Child Health
  • Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London
  • Rachel Nugent, Vice President and Director, Center for Global Non-communicable Diseases, RTI International and Associate Affiliate Professor of Global Health, University of Washington


  • Victor Aguayo, Associate Director & Global Chief of Nutrition, Programme Division, UNICEF
  • Simon Barquera, Director, Nutrition Policy Research, National Institute of Public Health, Mexico
  • Abigail Perry, Head of Nutrition Policy and Senior Nutrition Adviser at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the UK Government

Closing Remarks
Meera Shekar, Global Lead, Nutrition, Health, & Population, World Bank Group

Marie Ruel, Director, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, IFPRI

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