Patrick Webb

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Patrick Webb
Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition
Personal details
Born (1959-03-10) 10 March 1959 (age 56)
Wells, Somerset, England
Nationality British
Alma mater B.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);
PhD in Geography from the University of Birmingham (1989).

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 currently 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 Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal, and at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.[4] Webb was previously Chief of Nutrition for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) from 2003 to 2005,[5] and a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute from 1989 through 1994.[6]

Webb, a British citizen, holds an undergraduate degree in geography from Sussex University,[7] a master’s degree from the Centre for West Africa Studies at the University of Birmingham,[8] and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in geography from the University of Birmingham.[9] 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.[10]

Webb is considered to be one of the world’s influential voices in the field of international nutrition,[11] particularly as it relates to the domain of humanitarian intervention.[12] He is also a widely known authority on food security, food and nutrition policies, and food assistance. He led the United States Agency for International Development’s review of food aid quality from 2009 to 2015,[13] served on the United Nations’ Hunger Task Force from 2003 through 2005,[14] and is currently the Program Director for the USAID-supported Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Nutrition, 2010–2015.[15] Webb was a member of the Board of the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation,[16] member of the editorial advisory board of the Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture,[17] member of the Scientific Advisory Council of Biodiversity International,[18] member of the Undernutrition steering committee of the Sackler Institute of Nutrition Science Research at the New York Academy of Sciences, member of the Advisory Group on Agriculture and Nutrition for the Millennium Villages Project, and on the editorial board of Food Security.[19] He was in North Korea for the 2004 survey of nutrition, health and mortality,[20] on the ground in Aceh after the 2004 tsunami,[21] as well as in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.[22] He was a member of the Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group that oversaw the 2013 Lancet Series on nutrition.[23] He currently advises the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition on evidence and policy.[24]


Webb has authored around 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as multiple books and book chapters.[25] His 1994 book on Famine and Food Security in Ethiopia: Lessons for Africa.[26] Chichester: John Wiley, co-authored with Joachim von Braun,[27] was reviewed in the New Scientist[28] 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[29] 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.[30] He has also pursued published research on broader public health issues, including tobacco use,[31] HIV/AIDS[32] ,[33] and child caring practices.[34]

Recent noteworthy publications include:

1. Webb, P., E. Boyd, S. de Pee, L. Lenters, M. Bloem and W. Schultink. Nutrition in Emergencies: Do We Know What Works? Food Policy, 49 (1): 33-40.[35]

2. Bhutta, Z., J. Das, A. Rizvi, M. Gaffey, N. Walker, S. Horton, P. Webb, A. Lartey, R. Black for Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition & Interventions Review Groups.2013. Evidence based interventions for improving maternal and child nutrition: what can be done and at what cost? Lancet,[36]

3. Pingali, P., P. Webb and L, Dube. 2012. Paths of Convergence for Agriculture, Health and Wealth. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. 109 (31) 12294-12301.[37]

4. Webb P and S Block. 2012. Support for agriculture during economic transformation: Impacts on poverty and undernutrition. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. 109 (31)1–6.[38]

5. Lapping, K., E. Frongillo, L. Studdert, P. Menon, J. Coates and P. Webb. 2012. Prospective Analysis of the Development of the National Nutrition Agenda in Vietnam from 2006 to 2008. Health Policy and Planning. 27:32–41.[39]

6. Kadiyala, S., B. Rogers, A. Quisumbing and P. Webb. 2011. The effect of prime adult mortality on household composition and consumption in rural Ethiopia. Food Policy. 36 (5): 646–54.[40]

7. Kennedy E, Webb P, Walker P, Saltzman E, Maxwell D, Nelson M, et al. The Evolving Food and Nutrition Agenda: Policy and Research Priorities for the Coming Decade. Food and Nutrition Bulletin. 2011;32(1):60-8.[41]

8. Maxwell D, Webb P, Coates J, Wirth J. Fit for purpose? Rethinking food security responses in protracted humanitarian crises. Food Policy. 2010;35:91-7.[42]

9. Webb P. Medium-to long-run implications of high food prices for global nutrition. The Journal of Nutrition. 2010;140:143S.[43]

10. Ivers, L. K. Cullen, K. Freedberg, S. Block, J. Coates and P. Webb. HIV/AIDS,Undernutrition and Food Insecurity. Clinical Infectious Diseases.2009. 49 (10): 1061–8.[44]

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  36. ^ Bhutta, Zulfigar. "Evidence based interventions for improving maternal and child nutrition: what can be done and at what cost?". Lancet. Elsevier. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  37. ^ Pingali, Prabhu. "Paths of Convergence for Agriculture, Health and Wealth" (PDF). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  38. ^ Webb, Patrick. "Support for agriculture during economic transformation". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. National Academies of Science. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  39. ^ Lapping, Karin. "Prospective Analysis of the Development of the National Nutrition Agenda in Vietnam from 2006 to 2008" (PDF). Health Policy and Planning. Oxford Journals. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  40. ^ Kadiyala, Suneetha. "The effect of prime adult mortality on household composition and consumption in rural Ethiopia". Food Policy. Elsevier. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
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  42. ^ Maxwell, Daniel. "Fit for Purpose". Food Policy. Elsevier. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  43. ^ Webb, Patrick. "Medium-to-long run implications of high food prices". Journal of Nutrition. The American Institute of Nutrition. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  44. ^ Ivers, Louise. "HIV/AIDS, Undernutrition, and Food Insecurity". Clinical Infectious Diseases. Oxford Journals. Retrieved 15 September 2011.