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Patrick Webb (born 10 March 1959) is the Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. He was Dean for Academic Affairs from 2005 to 2014.[1]

Patrick Webb
Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition
Personal details
Born (1959-03-10) 10 March 1959 (age 60)
Wells, Somerset, England
NationalityUK and USA
Alma materB.A.(hons.) in geography in the School of African and Asian Studies at Sussex University (1980)
M.A. in African Studies from the Centre of West African Studies (1981);
Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Birmingham (1989).


Patrick Webb holds an endowed chair at the Friedman School, the only self-governing graduate school of nutrition in the United States.[2] He also holds appointments at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University,[3] at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal, and at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.[4] He also serves as Technical Adviser to the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK's Department for International Development.[5] Webb was previously Chief of Nutrition for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) from 2003 to 2005,[6] and a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute from 1989 through 1994.[7]

Webb, a British citizen, holds an undergraduate degree in geography from Sussex University,[8] a master's degree from the Centre for West Africa Studies at the University of Birmingham,[9] and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in geography from the University of Birmingham.[10] He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1984. He attended The Blue School, Wells in Somerset from 1971 to 1979.[11]

Webb is considered to be one of the world’s most influential voices in the field of international nutrition,[12] particularly as it relates to the domain of humanitarian intervention.[13] He is also a widely known authority on food security, agriculture and nutrition policies, and food assistance. He led the United States Agency for International Development’s review of food aid quality from 2009 to 2016,[14] served on the United Nations’ Hunger Task Force from 2003 through 2005,[15] and is currently the Program Director for the USAID-supported Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab, 2010–2020.[16] Webb has been a board member for the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation,[17] the Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture,[18] the Scientific Advisory Council of Biodiversity International,[19] the Undernutrition steering committee of the Sackler Institute of Nutrition Science Research at the New York Academy of Sciences, the Advisory Group on Agriculture and Nutrition for the Millennium Villages Project, and of Food Security.[20] He was in North Korea for the 2004 survey of nutrition, health and mortality,[21] on the ground in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami,[22] as well as in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.[23] He was a member of the Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group that oversaw the 2013 Lancet Series on nutrition.[24] Webb is currently part of the WHO/UNICEF Technical expert advisory group on nutrition monitoring (TEAM),[25] a member of the Research Committee of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, a Founding Member of the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition (SISN),[26] and a Council Member of the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR).[27]


Webb has authored around 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as multiple books and book chapters.[28] His 1994 book on Famine and Food Security in Ethiopia: Lessons for Africa. Chichester: John Wiley, co-authored with Joachim von Braun,[29] was reviewed in the New Scientist[30] under the title,"A hard row to hoe" by Michael Cross on 24 September 1994. The reviewer wrote that "not many academic books can move a reviewer to tears. This one did."

Webb’s subsequent book from 1999 on Famine in Africa: Causes, Responses and Prevention. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press[31] was reviewed as "among the best of primers on current knowledge on famine prevention, market integration and malfunction, and household food security" by the Humanitarian Times, 17 Feb 1999.[32] He has also pursued published research on broader public health issues, including tobacco use,[33] HIV/AIDS[34] ,[35] and child caring practices.[36]

Recent noteworthy publications include:

Select Op-Eds/Interviews

Video presentations/webcasts

  • [1],"Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition", November 6, 2015.
  • [2], "Mapping Nutrition Innovation Lab Research: How does it all fit together?, Seminar on 'Understanding Agriculture to Nutrition Linkages: A Rapidly Moving Agenda', Washington, D.C., 30 September 2015.
  • [3], "The Weight of the World", Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2015 Global Food Security Forum, Washington, D.C., 21 April 2015.
  • [4], "What is Evidence", Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal, organized by the USAID Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab, 25 February 2015.
  • [5], "Agriculture & nutrition. what do we know, and what do we still need to know?" Science Forum Bonn 2013
  • [6], "Leontief Prize 2012 - Introduction", 4 April 2012.
  • "Tackling Diets and Nutrition", Feeding the World Economist Conferences, Geneva, February 2012.
  • "Food Security in Latin America – Trends and Prospects", Council of the Americas, New York City, December 2011.
  • "Haiti's Food and Nutrition Situation", Tufts University seminar, October 2011.
  • Panel Discussion hosted by Doctors Without Borders at Boston Public Library, November 2010. Webcast online.
  • "Policy Support for Agriculture, Nutrition and Health" Presentation on Food Insecurity, the Growing Burden of Over- and Under- Nutrition and Food Safety, 2nd International Roadmap Development Workshop, McGill University, Montreal, September 2010.
  • "Implications of the World Food Price Crisis on Nutrition", 14th International Congress of Nutrition, Bangkok, October 2009.
  • "Cities Without Oil", EPIIC conference, Institute for Global Leadership, Medford, Massachusetts, USA, February 2009.
  • Panel Discussion on Policies and Strategies to Address Child Malnutrition, Starved for Attention conference, Columbia University, New York City, June 2008. Webcast online.


  • [7], When Counting Things that Matter, It Matters What we Count, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, October 2015.
  • [8], To end malnutrition we must step up to the plate with data on what people really eat, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, October 2015.
  • [9], Climate change means just that - we must change with the climate, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, September 2015.
  • [10], Meeting SDG targets through diversified high quality diets, with Jeff Waage, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, September 2015.
  • [11], It's time to stop counting calories and focus on diet quality and policies that reduce malnutrition, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, September 2015.
  • [12], Finances are necessary for development, but they are not sufficient, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, July 2015.
  • [13], Tragedy in Nepal highlights the need to address fragile institutions, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, April 2015.
  • [14], Why nutrition must feature prominently in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, March 2015.

Twitter handle: @DrPatrickWebb


  1. ^ "Tufts University". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  2. ^ "International Nutrition". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Alexander MacFarlane Professor". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  4. ^ "University of Hohenheim". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Development". Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  6. ^ "how far have we come nutrition". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  7. ^ "ifpri". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Sussex University". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  9. ^ "University of Birmingham". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  10. ^ "University of Birmingham". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Blue School". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  12. ^ "how far have we come nutrition". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  13. ^ "The lancet". The Lancet. 363 (9421): 1658. 15 May 2004. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(04)16232-6. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  14. ^ "USAID". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  15. ^ "Millennium Project". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  16. ^ "NCRSP" (PDF). Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  17. ^ "Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation" (PDF). Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  18. ^ "Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  19. ^ "Biodiversity International: Scientific Advisory Council". Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  20. ^ "Food Security". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  21. ^ "Nutrition Expert Asked by UN to Draw Up Food Plan for Haiti". Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  22. ^ "Aceh". The Boston Globe. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  23. ^ "Haiti". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  24. ^ "Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award". Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  25. ^ "WHO | TEAM members". Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  26. ^ "[d]Ligo - - design + development - - Design und Webentwicklung aus Augsburg". Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  27. ^ "Our People". Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  28. ^ "Publications". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  29. ^ "Chichester". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  30. ^ "New Scientist". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  31. ^ Famine in Africa Book. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. 1999. ISBN 9780801861215. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  32. ^ "Humanitarian Times Review". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  33. ^ "Publications". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  34. ^ Webb, Patrick (December 2003). "Lancet". The Lancet. 362: s40–s41. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(03)15071-4. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  35. ^ Ivers, Louise C.; Cullen, Kimberly A.; Freedberg, Kenneth A.; Block, Steven; Coates, Jennifer; Webb, Patrick (2009). "Oxford Journals". Clinical Infectious Diseases. 49 (7): 1096–1102. doi:10.1086/605573. PMC 2831619. PMID 19725790. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  36. ^ "child caring practices". February 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2011.