Tufts Friedman School Joins the Alliance, Expanding Advocacy and Combating Malnutrition

June 10, 2017

For the Gerald J. and Dorothy R Friedman School at Tufts University, joining the Alliance to End Hunger this year was an exciting move towards expanding our circle of advocacy and influence. It was also a natural move because of our shared goals of reducing the double burdens of malnutrition around the world, creating sustainable and fair food systems, and advocating for sound evidence-based food policy.

The food system needs to work for everyone to make healthy, sustainable food accessible and available to the world’s population. Finding new allies to tackle these tough issues is one of the most important steps toward making a difference. The Dean of the Friedman School, Dariush Mozaffarian, recently moderated a Hunger Caucus event in March of 2017 that was organized by Representative Jim McGovern, co-chair of both the bipartisan House Hunger Caucus and the Congressional Hunger Center. At this event, they called for the creation of new allies and arguments to help tackle the hunger crisis from all sides. Although the event was focused on the military and issues of national security, ending hunger and malnutrition benefit every corner of life.

The work happening at the School now is comprehensive in scope and shows our commitment to creating a more sustainable and equitable food environment for all. The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project works with recent immigrants, refugees, and local communities to help create the next generation of sustainable farmers. Their training program goes beyond growing food to encourage farmers to excel in business and sell local produce in farmer’s markets and to other suppliers, creating a more secure and healthy local food system. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition is in countries across Africa and Asia to help build in-country capacity for evidence-based training, education, and research in nutrition by working directly with local stakeholders to optimize the impact of their work now and into the future. Child Obesity 180 is tackling the epidemic of childhood obesity through innovative community interventions using the science of scale so that programs that work can be recreated in communities across the United States.

Our faculty and students research and work around the world in locations both locally to globally. We have recognized scholarship and translational expertise from cell to society: including bench science, human metabolism, behavior change, community interventions, behavioral economics, food policy, media and communications, global food security, humanitarian crises, food systems, and sustainability. By bringing all of our experience and talents to bear when working with the Alliance to End Hunger, we know that, together, our shared values will create new energies to help create innovative solutions to the current malnutrition crisis.