The course will lay out a framework for the interplay of food, health and sanitation, and child care as underlying determinant of nutrition. Using this framework the course will illustrate levers for change and the evidence on what works to improve nutrition, from both the standpoint of economic returns as well as human rights.

The course will be developed over ten modules covering: the global picture of malnutrition – concepts and measurement; consequences of malnutrition; becoming undernourished; nutrition within a Life-Cycle Model; underlying determinants of malnutrition; Nutrition Specific Interventions (I): evidence on improved care practices (including breast feeding and growth promotion) and support to complementary feeding and (II) micronutrient programs including supplements, fortification, and biofortification; Nutrition Sensitive Interventions (I): Agriculture; (II) Social Protection; (III) Linking early child development with nutrition.

Harold Alderman is an expert on the economics of nutrition and food policy. Early in his career he spent 10 years at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on the Consumption and Food Nutrition Policy Program. He joined the World Bank in 1991 dividing his time between the Development Research Group and the Africa region. He was responsible for a variety of projects throughout Africa and Asia, including technical assistance on poverty mapping, research on nutrition, education and labor, agricultural sector strategic planning and social protection policy. He rejoined IFPRI in 2012, as Senior Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. His current research has focused on the linkages between nutrition and early child development and the means by which nutrition and social protection programs contribute to long term economic growth. His latest work has been editing the book “The 1.5 billion People Question: Food, Vouchers, or Cash Transfers?” His teaching experience includes Cornell University, Yale University, University of California, Berkeley, The Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo.