Patrick Webb

Professor, Tufts University

Patrick Webb holds the Alexander MacFarlane chair in nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. He served as Academic Dean at the school for 9 years until the summer of 2014. He is actively engaged in research around the globe as Director for the USAID Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab (with fieldwork ongoing in Nepal, Uganda, Malawi, and Bangladesh), as well as lead investigator for the US government’s Food Aid Quality Review (with field-based effectiveness trials ongoing in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Malawi). Until 2005, he worked for the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome as Chief of Nutrition. During that time he was part of the MDG Hunger Task Force reporting to Secretary General Kofi Annan. Earlier, Dr. Webb spent 9 years with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He has worked closely over many years with ministerial level decision-makers on food and agriculture policies and programming issues in countries like India, Timor Leste, Ethiopia, Haiti, Vietnam, Malawi, Indonesia, Niger, Cambodia, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Nepal. With a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from the UK, Dr. Webb’s multidisciplinary expertise lies in food policy analysis, agriculture development, targeted nutrition programming, and humanitarian (emergency) relief operations. He has academic affiliations with Hohenheim University in Germany, Roma III university in Italy, and with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.