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Food insecurity ranges from hunger through fear of starvation to extreme famine, and can be either chronic or transitory. Despite food production increases in past decades, there are over 800 million people worldwide who are chronically hungry, and up to 2 billion people lacking food security.

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Transorming Nutrition Short Course

Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK
Leah Plati

The acceleration of undernutrition reduction requires a transformation in the ways we think about undernutrition and the actions we take. This 5 day course, designed for both for policy makers and practitioners, will take participants through new ways of thinking about undernutrition and what to do about it.

"This course provides an excellent overview of global public health nutrition and of key policy developments. For me, it was a great opportunity to update my knowledge on the latest evidence of what works and to meet others working on similar issues. It was also a great opportunity to discuss challenges on the ground and exchange views of how best we can address these. I thoroughly enjoyed the week, including the social events organised by IDS, and felt re-energised by the end of it."

Silke Seco-Grutz, Human Development Adviser, DFID Participant 2012

The Programme will be co-led by Lawrence Haddad (IFPRI) and Purnima Menon (IFPRI) and Nick Nisbett (IDS).

Course structure and outcomes

In its fourth year this professional short course has been developed further in response to the positive feedback from previous participants. We will examine key findings from the Lancet nutrition series. Participants will also be given a unique opportunity to build on materials prepared by the Global Nutrition Report, led by IFPRI and based at IDS.

The five day course will be divided into three modules which will take participants through understanding the nature, causes and consequences of undernutrition and exploring ways of addressing undernutrition. The final module will focus on the need to build commitment and overcome barriers to implementation.

By the end of the programme the participants will be better able to contribute to accelerating undernutrition in their sphere of influence by a greater appreciation of:

  • The differences between undernutrition, malnutrition, food insecurity, hunger and hidden hunger
  • The distribution of undernutrition
  • The causes and consequences of undernutrition
  • What works in addressing undernutrition at the intermediate, underlying and basic levels and why
  • How to assess what works and why
  • How to contribute to creating an enabling environment for undernutrition reduction from policy to implementation

Who is the Programme relevant for?

Participants are expected to be a highly diverse group of policy makers, influencers and practitioners from across the world, coming from Governments, Bilateral and Multilateral agencies, NGOs, media organisations and think tanks. This course is designed for those who want to accelerate and intensify their own efforts to reduce undernutrition and influence others in this area.

Course fee

The cost of this 5 day course is £2950. This includes course fees and all materials, accommodation and breakfast for a maximum of six nights, lunch, refreshments and local travel for the five days of the course and three evening meals.

The Programme Leaders

Nicholas Nisbettis a Research Fellow at IDS, where he co-leads the Health and Nutrition Cluster of researchers and teaches on development and nutrition. He is currently leading work within the DFID supported Transform Nutrition Research Programme Consortium to explore the political economy of nutrition policy and programming in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and has focused on issues of leadership capacity; national policy processes and community accountability. He has co-led a retrospective study of stunting declines in Maharashtra, India and is leading a multi-methods evaluation of three DFID programmes in Bangladesh combining livelihoods and nutrition specific support.

Lawrence Haddadis Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies for ten years. He is currently co-Chair of the Independent Expert Group for the Global Nutrition Report and the UK's representative on the High Level Panel of Experts who support the Committee on World Food Security. He was a member of the Advisory Group to the UN’s Standing Committee on Nutrition, a member of the Irish Government's Hunger Task Force and a Lead Expert to the UK’s Foresight Commission on the Global Future of Farming and Food. He has field experience in India, South Africa and the Philippines.

Purnima Menonis Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and is based at IFPRI’s Asia office in New Delhi, India. She conducts applied nutrition research in the South Asia region, with a focus on programs and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition. Currently, she leads a team that is conducting impact and process evaluations of Alive and Thrive, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-supported initiative to improve infant and young child feeding and child nutrition in Bangladesh, Viet Nam and Ethiopia. She also co-directs POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India), a 4-year initiative to build evidence, partnerships and communications to improve nutrition policy and program actions for nutrition in India and to document the impact of this initiative.

Both Haddad, Nisbett and Menon have published extensively on the topics covered in the course.

Other programme convenors will include leaders in policy and practice from the UN, DFID, IFPRI and IDS.

To apply for this course visit the IDS website – or contact Leah Plati –


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