Global Nutrition Policy

Research, Analysis, and Policy Recommendations to Support Global Nutrition

In an era of fiscal responsibility, global nutrition investment is one of the most cost-effective public health approaches, with a $16 return on every $1 invested. All forms of malnutrition negatively affect health, economies, and human security. Efforts to address nutrition at CSIS are led jointly by the Global Food and Water Security Program (GFWSP) and the Global Health Policy Center (GHPC). GHPC sees nutrition as a critical, low-cost, highly effective intervention that has far-reaching effects on its own but also as a supplementary input into the success of other health interventions such as those targeting maternal, newborn, and child health and infectious disease. The Global Food and Water Security Program has built nutrition as a critical cross-cutting component of its work to analyze global food security trends and U.S. engagement to reduce hunger, poverty, and malnutrition. Focal themes around nutrition include its beneficial spillover effects within other sectors of development programming and potential role in unlocking opportunities for vulnerable populations.