Lawrence Haddad

Lawrence James Haddad (born 17 June 1959),[1] is a British economist whose main research interests are the intersection of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, including poverty dynamics, social capital, HIV/AIDS, social protection, agriculture and poverty, and women's empowerment.[2]

Lawrence Haddad
Lawrence James Haddad

(1959-06-17) 17 June 1959 (age 61)
Johannesburg, South Africa
InstitutionGlobal Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) International Food Policy Research Institute
University of Sussex
FieldDevelopment economics
Alma materStanford University
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

He is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and Chair of the Board of Bite Back 2030.

Education and careerEdit

Lawrence became the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), an international organisation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition, in October 2016. In 2019, Lawrence accepted the role of Chair of the Board of Bite Back 2030, an initiative set up to achieve a world where all young people have the opportunity to be healthy, no matter where they live.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of GAIN, Lawrence was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report (GNR) from 2014 to 2016.

From 2004-2014 Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the world’s leading development studies institute. Before joining IDS in 2004, he was Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 1994 to 2004.

From 2009-2010 Lawrence was the UK’s representative on the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CSF). He was the President of the UK and Ireland’s Development Studies Association from 2010 to 2012.

An economist, Lawrence completed his PhD in Food Research at Stanford University in 1988.

On Monday, 25 June 2018, the World Food Prize Foundation awarded the 2018 World Food Prize to Lawrence Haddad, and David Nabarro, former special adviser to the UN Secretary General. Announcing the award Ambassador Quinn, World Food Prize President cited the recipients for their "extraordinary intellectual and policy leadership in bringing maternal and child nutrition to the forefront of the global food security agenda and thereby significantly reducing childhood stunting"


Lawrence Haddad’s blog Development Horizons[3] is part of the Guardian’s Global Development Blogosphere[4] which he describes as "some unguarded reflections, thoughts, and ideas on international development".

Selected bibliographyEdit


  • Haddad, Lawrence J.; Hoddinott, John; Alderman, Harold (1997). Intrahousehold resource allocation in developing countries: models, methods, and policy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 9780801855726.
  • Haddad, Lawrence (1997). Achieving food security in southern Africa: new challenges, new opportunities. Washington, D.C: International Food Policy Research Institute. ISBN 9780896293359.

Journal articlesEdit

World Bank working papersEdit

  • Haddad, Lawrence; Kanbur, Ravi (1989). "How serious is the neglect of intrahousehold inequality?". Washington, D.C.: Office of Vice President, Development Economics, The World Bank. OCLC 21337751. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) Policy Research Working Paper number 296.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Haddad, Lawrence James". Library of Congress. Retrieved 30 September 2014. data sheet (b. 06-17-59)
  2. ^ "WISE Summit 2014, WISE speakers: Prof. Lawrence Haddad". Qatar Foundation. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  3. ^ Haddad, Lawrence. "Development Horizons". Guardian Development Network. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Guardian's Global Development Blogosphere". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2014.