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 Jessica Fanzo, Ph.D.

  Assistant Professor of Nutrition

  Office: 212-342-3647


Institute of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics
Director of Nutrition Policy, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development
Columbia University




Ph.D. University of Arizona


Research Interests

Jessica Fanzo is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Institute of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She also serves as the Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of International Public Affairs. Before joining Columbia University, Jessica was the Evaluation and Monitoring Officer for the REACH Interagency partnership to combat child hunger at the United Nations World Food Programme. In 2010 and 2011, Jessica was a Senior Scientist at Bioversity International in Rome Italy, where she led their Nutrition program. From 2007 to 2010, Jessica served as the Nutrition Director for the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute, and the Nutrition Regional Advisor for East and Southern Africa at the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya. Prior to joining the Earth Institute, she was a Program Officer for the Medical Research Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Jessica became the first laureate in 2012 of the Daniel Carasso Premio for her work on sustainable food and diets for long-term human health.  Jessica serves on Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition Food and Nutrition Council, the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition Working Group on Household Food Security, the Advisory Group for Agriculture and Nutrition to the Special Advisor to the UNSG, and the IASC Global Nutrition Cluster. She is an editor on several journals, has been commissioned by the Institute of Development Studies, World Food Programme and UNDP for global policy reports on nutrition and food security, and has authored a range of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

She currently works closely with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, World Bank, REACH, and UNICEF on international nutrition projects and programmes. She is currently working with Seeds of Life on a nutrition-agriculture project for the Ministry of Agriculture in Timor Leste.

Jessica has a PhD in Nutrition from the University of Arizona and completed a Stephen I. Morse postdoctoral fellowship in Immunology at Columbia University.


Recent Publications - Pubmed

Effective monitoring of agriculture: a response.
Sachs JD, Remans R, Smukler SM, Winowiecki L, Andelman SJ, Cassman KG, Castle D, DeFries R, Denning G, Fanzo J, Jackson LE, Leemans R, Lehmann J, Milder JC, Naeem S, Nziguheba G, Palm CA, Pingali PL, Reganold JP, Richter DD, Scherr SJ, Sircely J, Sullivan C, Tomich TP, Sanchez PA.
J Environ Monit. 2012 Mar;14(3):738-42. doi: 10.1039/c2em10584e. Epub 2012 Feb 1.

Multisector intervention to accelerate reductions in child stunting: an observational study from 9 sub-Saharan African countries.
Remans R, Pronyk PM, Fanzo JC, Chen J, Palm CA, Nemser B, Muniz M, Radunsky A, Abay AH, Coulibaly M, Mensah-Homiah J, Wagah M, An X, Mwaura C, Quintana E, Somers MA, Sanchez PA, Sachs SE, McArthur JW, Sachs JD; Millennium Villages Study Group.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Dec;94(6):1632-42. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.111.020099.

A review of global progress toward the Millennium Development Goal 1 Hunger Target.
Fanzo JC, Pronyk PM.
Food Nutr Bull. 2011 Jun;32(2):144-58.

Ecological approaches to human nutrition.
DeClerck FA, Fanzo J, Palm C, Remans R.
Food Nutr Bull. 2011 Mar;32(1 Suppl):S41-50.

The role of food and nutrition system approaches in tackling hidden hunger.
Burchi F, Fanzo J, Frison E.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 Feb;8(2):358-73. doi: 10.3390/ijerph8020358. Epub 2011 Jan 31.

Assessing nutritional diversity of cropping systems in African villages.
Remans R, Flynn DF, DeClerck F, Diru W, Fanzo J, Gaynor K, Lambrecht I, Mudiope J, Mutuo PK, Nkhoma P, Siriri D, Sullivan C, Palm CA.
PLoS One. 2011;6(6):e21235. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0021235.

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