Lawrence Haddad

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Lawrence Haddad
Born Lawrence James Haddad
(1959-06-17) 17 June 1959 (age 58)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Nationality British

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

International Food Policy Research Institute
University of Sussex
Field Development economics
Alma mater Stanford University
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

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]

He is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

Education and career[edit]

Lawrence Haddad is 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.

Prior to this, he was Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. From 2004-2014 Haddad was the director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). He was also 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) which was established in 2009 with the aim of making the CSF more effective in research analysis.[3] He was also the President of the UK and Ireland's Development Studies Association, 2010-2012.

He completed his PhD in food research from Stanford University in 1988. Before joining IDS in 2004, Lawrence Haddad was Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).[4] Prior to this Lawrence Haddad was a lecturer in quantitative development economics at the University of Warwick. He has also been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics.

Haddad's research focuses on a wide range of issues related to the well-being of the poor, including the design of policies and programs intended to reduce poverty and malnutrition, the impact of gender difference in access to resources on nutrition and poverty, the role of community participation in the performance of poverty programs, and the challenges rapid urbanization poses for the poor. Lawrence Haddad has published extensively on these issues.[4]

He was the founding co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report from 2014 to 2016.


Lawrence Haddad’s blog Development Horizons[5] is part of the Guardian’s Global Development Blogosphere[6] which he describes as “some unguarded reflections, thoughts, and ideas on international development”.

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • 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 articles[edit]

World Bank working papers[edit]

  • 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.  Policy Research Working Paper number 296.

See also[edit]


  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. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "CFS: HLPE - High Level Panel of Experts". United Nations Committee on World Food Security. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Food Consumption and Nutrition Division: 2020 Conference bios - Lawrence Haddad". IFPRI: International Food Policy Research Institute. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Haddad, Lawrence. "Development Horizons". Guardian Development Network. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Guardian's Global Development Blogosphere". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2014.