Author Archives: Amanda Pearson

About Amanda Pearson

Editing & writing @HarvardWCFIA on global politics, people, history, and health. Alumna @GWpublichealth @LSEGovernment

WHO Puts High Steaks on Eating Meat

 The cancer research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced there is “sufficient evidence” that processed meats can cause cancer. The group gave red meat a less alarming label, though “probably carcinogenic” is hardly comforting. The evidence of harm mostly relates … Continue reading

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The Gene Glitch and the Metabolic Master Switch

      What Is the FTO Gene and How Is It Related To Obesity? We know Body-Mass Index (BMI) has a strong genetic component, and we know being obese is a risk factor for leading global causes of death … Continue reading

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Brain Food: Linking Improved Learning with Nutrition

The global policy debate about education is in the midst of a “major pivot,” write Justin Sandefur and Mari Oye. The emphasis on increasing enrollment is being replaced by a focus on learning outcomes. The international development challenge is how … Continue reading

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Back to the Future: US Foreign Policy and 9/11 in Hindsight

One of my first professional writing assignments was as a rapporteur for a three-day conference in France hosted by Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Nine months after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and … Continue reading

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‘Messy’ Sustainable Development Goals Irritate Economists

The Economist pooh-poohs the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) process in a series of related articles in March 2015. Why are they so pessimistic? 1. The scope is too broad. The first piece, “169 commandments,” refers to the number of … Continue reading

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Post-2015 Food, Nutrition, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

Attempting to stay updated on how the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will address malnutrition is like trying to drink water from a fire hose. This week in New York (March 23-27) is the next session of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations on the … Continue reading

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Smith and Haddad on Nutrition and Post-2015 Development

Child Undernutrition I finally read Lisa Smith and Lawrence Haddad’s 2015 paper “Reducing Child Undernutrition: Past Drivers and Priorities for the Post-MDG Era.” I’m glad I did. Building on their 2000 paper, the authors explore the determinants of child undernutrition and identify … Continue reading

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Sustainable Development Goal 2: Copenhagen Consensus Center on Nutrition

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be announced roughly 200 days from now at the UN General Assembly in September 2015. These new goals will replace the current 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While governments debate how best to define this broad … Continue reading

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