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Webinar | Renewing the framework on the drivers of malnutrition

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17/10/2019 17/10/2019


A webinar organized by the Feinstein International Center, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

While the Unicef framework for the causality of malnutrition has been widely adopted across both development and humanitarian spheres, there are key elements that require urgent re-emphasis and updating. There are also significant gaps in the framework itself related to the systemic drivers of acute malnutrition, specifically in drylands. These gaps limit the framework’s power to discern correctly the drivers of acute malnutrition in drylands. Until we update the framework and apply this better understanding, the impact of interventions will remain severely blunted.

On this webinar, the panelists will discuss the need to update the conceptual framework particularly for drylands, what specifically needs to be revised and re-emphasized, and how to improve the framework. The discussion will be based on Helen Young's Brief Nutrition in Africa’s drylands: A Conceptual Framework for Addressing Acute Malnutrition.


  • Helen Young, Professor and Research Director, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
  • Dominique Burgeon, Director of Emergency and Resilience Division and Strategic Programme Leader (Resilience), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Luka Kuol, Professor of Practice, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University
  • Lauren Landis, Director, Nutrition Division, World Food Programme
  • Bjorn Ljungqvist, Nutrition Program Consultant, and co-developer of the original Unicef malnutrition causality framework 
  • Gwenaelle Luc, Link NCA Advisor, Action Against Hunger


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