Patrick Webb

Tufts University

Prof. Patrick Webb is a scholar-practitioner who has worked extensively on food security policy and practice, nutrition, agricultural development, humanitarian emergencies, and climate change interactions with food systems. Today, he is the Alexander McFarlane Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


Patrick also serves as the Technical Adviser to the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (or GLOPAN), Adviser to the Food Systems for the Future initiative, and serves as vice-chair of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group mandated to assess the needs and design of an International Platform for Food Systems Science. He was recently appointed to the Steering Committee of the High-Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security. Before joining Tufts, he was a member of the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (the CGIAR), and he has been a member of multiple expert groups supporting WHO, UNICEF and FAO. Earlier, he lived in Africa (Ethiopia, Niger, and The Gambia) while working (9 years in total) for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He currently manages several large projects, including Feed the Future’s Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab, while also serving a co-lead of the Food, Water and Air (FWA) technical hub for USAID’s STOP Zoonosis Spillover activity. His work in climate change focused on modelling the planetary boundary impacts of dietary choice, and the food system impacts of climate/weather anomalies globally and in low- and middle-income countries.

    Patrick Webb
    Linkedin.png