Dr. Fanzo has an extensive background in nutrition education and policy development through her work as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Institute of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics and as the Senior Advisor of Nutrition Policy at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Before her transition to academia, Jessica held positions in the United Nations World Food Programme and Bioversity International, both in Rome, Italy. Prior to her time in Rome, she was the Senior Nutrition Advisor to the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. She was the first laureate of the Carasso Foundation’s Sustainable Diets Prize in 2012 for her work on sustainable food and diets for long-term human health. Jessica has a PhD in nutrition from the University of Arizona.
Food Tank had the chance to speak with Dr. Fanzo about her expertise in the linkages between agriculture, nutrition, health, and the environment in the context of sustainable and equitable diets and livelihoods.