Global and Public Health Nutrition
Carol Levin, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Global Health
Project Director, Strengthening Economic Evaluation for Multisectoral Strategies for Nutrition
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, United States
Commitment to improved nutrition through agriculture and healthy food systems is high on global and national agendas. Transforming food systems to make them more nutrition-sensitive is a long-term agenda that will require quality information for priority setting, timely course corrections, investment decisions and resource allocation. Cultivating strategic collaborations between nutritionists and economists will aid in designing and evaluating policies and programs that promote sector-specific and intersectoral investments for food systems that improve nutrition outcomes. The proposed symposium will explore how economics can help nutritionists and others involved in nutrition policies and programs to identify and promote sector-specific and intersectoral investments that promote more nutritious food systems and improve nutrition outcomes. We will trace how economic methods enter multidisciplinary efforts in a variety of settings, enriching conceptual frameworks, data, and models used to make policies and programs more impactful. Participants will understand (1) how economics can enter teaching and research in multidisciplinary settings, (2) how economic models can help design and manage national strategies; (3) how economic evaluations can prioritize interventions; and (4) a new framework for evaluating the costs and benefits of multisectoral strategies for promoting nutrition. A panel of nutritionists and policymakers will join a guided discussion on how economics can support nutrition programs and policies.