Patrick Webb

Alexander MacFarlane Professor of Public Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

  • MA, University of Birmingham
  • PhD, University of Birmingham
  • BA, University of Sussex

Professional Activities
  • Former Chief of Nutrition for the UN World Food Programme (to August 2005)
  • member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition
  • member of the Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger reporting to Jeffrey Sachs and Kofi Annan (from 2003 to September 2005)
  • Spent six years living in Africa (Ethiopia, Niger, The Gambia), and many more years working in remote parts of Asia and Latin America on program implementation and evaluation
  • A wide range of experiences includes: being a first responder on the ground in Aceh post-tsunami
  • working in North Korea overseeing the 2004 national health/nutrition survey
  • working at ministerial level in Kenya, Haiti and Ethiopia on reformulating national food and nutrition policies
  • negotiated UN positions at the World Food Summit in 1996
  • oversaw the preparation and 23-country endorsement of the Delhi Declaration on maternal and child nutrition (2003)
  • evaluated protracted relief and rehabilitation operations in West Africa (2008)
  • serving on expert panels for UNICEF and WHO
  • and advised the Gates Foundation on agricultural policy and global nutrition strategy
  • Formerly a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Has consulted for the World Bank, WHO, FAO, CARE, OFDA, UNDP, UNICEF, and OXFAM
  • Holds Honorar Professor at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Currently (2009-2011) principal investigator for USAID’s global food aid quality review

Research Interests
  • Agriculture and food policy
  • economic geography
  • famine and hunger
  • transition economies
  • economic history
  • food security and nutrition
  • United Nations
  • humanitarian policy and practice
Webb, Patrick, Jennifer Coates, Edward A. Frongillo, Beatrice Lorge Rogers, Parke E. Wilde and Robert Houser. "Commonalities in the Experience of Household Food Insecurity Across Cultures: What are Measures Missing?" Journal of Nutrition 136, (2006): 1438-1448.
Webb, Patrick, Jennifer Coates, Parke E. Wilde, Beatrice Lorge Rogers and Robert F. Houser. "Comparison of a Qualitative and a Quantitative Approach to Developing a Household Food Insecurity Scale for Bangladesh." Journal of Nutrition 136, (2006): 1420-1430.
Webb, Patrick, Jennifer Coates, Edward A. Frongillo, Beatrice Lorge Rogers, Anne Swindale and Paula Bilinsky. "Measuring Household Food Insecurity: Why It's So Important and Yet So Difficult to Do." Journal of Nutrition 136, (2006): 1404-1408.
• Webb, Patrick and Rainer Gross. "Wasting Time: Severe Child Undernutrition Must Be Resolved In Non-Emergency Settings." The Lancet 367, no. 9517 (2006): 1209-1211.
Webb, Patrick, Regina Moench-Pfanner, Saskia de Pee and Martin W. Bl. "Food-for-Work Programs in Indonesia Had a Limited Effect on Anemia." Journal of Nutrition 135, (2005): 1423-1429.
• Webb, Patrick, Ian Darnton-Hill, Philip WJ Harvey and Joseph M Hunt. "Micronutrient deficiencies and gender: social and economic costs." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 81, no. 5 (2005): 1198S-1205S.
• Webb, Patrick. "Too Much and Too Little: Water Problems in Aceh, Indonesia, post-Tsunami." Waterlines 23, no. 4 (2005): 26-27.
Webb, Patrick. "Nutrition Information versus Formal Schooling as Inputs to Child Nutrition." Economic Development and Cultural Change 52, no. 4 (2004): 801-820.
• Webb, Patrick. "Nutrition Information versus Formal Schooling as Inputs to Child Nutrition." Economic Development and Cultural Change 52, no. 4 (2004): 801-820.
• Webb, Patrick. "Can Famine Relief Meet Health and Hunger Goals Simultaneously?" The Lancet 362, (2003): s40-s41.
• Webb, Patrick. "The uncertain path of transition: food, nutrition and poverty dynamics in Southeast Asia." Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture 42, no. 3 (2003): 273-292.
• Webb, Patrick. "The Under-Resourcing of Rights: Empty Stomachs and other Abuses of Humanity." The New England Journal of International and Comparative Law 9, no. 1 (2003): 135-157.
• Block, Steven and Patrick Webb. "The Dynamics of Livelihood Diversification in Post-Conflict Ethiopia." Food Policy 26, no. 4 (2001): 333-350.

• Webb, Patrick. "Cultivated Capital: Agriculture, Food Systems and Sustainable Development." In The Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems, eds. K.S. Bawa and R. Seidler, UNESCO, 2005.
Webb, Patrick. "Famine." In Encyclopaedia of International Relations and Global Politics, ed. Martin Griffiths, Routledge, 2005.

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