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Arif Husain

FSIN Steering Committee Member

Current position
Chief Economist and Deputy Director, Policy Programme and Innovation Division - Analysis and Nutrition Service
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Arif Husain is currently Chief Economist and Deputy Director, Policy, Programme and Innovation Division - Analysis and Nutrition Service at United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, Italy. He started working for WFP in 2003 and since then he has served in many capacities, including as Senior Programme Advisor for the Latin America and Caribbean Region, Deputy Chief of the Food Security Analysis Service, and Head of Food Security Analysis in Sudan. Prior to joining WFP, he worked for the World Bank and also taught at the Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Arif’s work focuses on analysing how external economic shocks affect food security and welfare conditions in developing countries as well as WFP’s capacities to deliver food assistance. His team is also responsible for providing relevant, credible and timely analysis of current and emerging food security issues and their operational implications for WFP and partners. Arif has substantial field experience in working on food security and humanitarian issues in conflict and post conflict recovery countries. His research interests include studying linkages between economic growth and equity, poverty, hunger and conflict; and analysing how global economic shocks impact localised food security, social protection, agricultural trade, and emergency and development assistance. He has a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics with a minor in forestry from the University of Minnesota.
Last update
19 Feb 2015
Last login
28 Jul 2014