Collecting Data When the Going Gets Tough

In March 2017, two days before I was supposed to leave for Northern Nigeria to set up a final round of survey data collection for an evaluation, two German expats were kidnapped from a village in the area and held for ransom. My role as an analyst on the multi-donor AgResults initiative – a project to encourage and reward high-impact agricultural innovations that promote global food security, health and nutrition – was to supervise training and the beginning of field work with the local survey firm we hired to ensure that we received clean, usable data.

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Want Healthier Eating? Evidence Shows Limiting Choice Works

The federal government runs two programs to help poorer Americans feed their families. Evidence shows that if getting poor households to eat more healthy foods is a major policy goal, we should seriously consider limiting choice in food assistance.-

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A "Menu" of Policies to Improve Diets

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and nutrition assistance programs more broadly are intended to eliminate hunger and improve diet. What's the strongest evidence for improving the diets of SNAP participants?

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Categories: Food Security

Taxing Unhealthy Foods and Beverages: A Burden or Blessing for the Poor?

In a blog post for the Global Health Council, I debate the benefits and drawbacks to taxing food and beverages that are high in calories but have little nutritional value.

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Rethinking Food Assistance: From Evidence to Policy

It is hard for most of us to imagine going to bed hungry or worried that we can't feed our family because we lack money to do so. Unfortunately 15 percent of American households-48 million people-face this situation. For these people, food security-defined as having access to food at all times and enough food for an active, healthy life-is elusive.

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Categories: Food Security