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PepsiCo at the 2010 World Food Prize

During her keynote at last year’s World Food Prize, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi stressed the need for public-private partnerships, a recognition that has been mirrored at meetings of entities such as the World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization. Last week’s 2010 World Food Prize furthered the idea, with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announcing the creation of the Feed the Future Private Investment Center. Shah described the project as “a new public-private partnership hub that… will expand on existing relationships with multinationals and local businesses, and facilitate engagement with new private sector partners.” It is therefore fitting that PepsiCo officials were present at the event to continue Nooyi’s outreach of the year before. The World Food Prize allows for networking with experts in the agriculture, health, and nutrition fields, and it contributes to company knowledge of how to put our goals and commitments into... Read more

916 Is More Than a Number

When I left the World Health Organization in 2005 for Yale School of Public Health, I thought that I would not have to return to WHO/FAO technical report 916 except to teach aspiring public health students about it. I was so wrong. The report took two years to complete. Its bland number and boring cover hide the power of its simple messages and the complexity and broad based partnerships it will take to implement them. It set out to document the optimal diets and level of physical activity populations required to minimize their lifelong risks for a range of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. This required bringing together experts from around the world to sift through the cumulative wisdom of many and distill their ideas into a set of science-based nutrient and activity specific conclusions about what we should eat more or less... Read more

Partnerships and Competition Will Reduce Obesity

The evidence is now clear. Weight gain leading to obesity and through this, to diabetes and heart disease, represents a relatively new and global threat to health at exactly the same time that infectious disease and tobacco control strategies are having an impact. Calls for action have been issued by governments from all parts of the world. And non-governmental organizations urge tougher controls on marketing of certain foods to kids. I have had the opportunity to sit through debates on the best way forward led by WHO, academics, companies and NGOs. Each believes in their solution. Each gives priority to factors often not under their control. Few have tried to formally map out with clarity what is likely to work and who is best placed to implement effective actions. An important exception was the work of the United Kingdom’s Foresight team (http://www.foresight.gov.uk/OurWork/ActiveProjects/Obesity/Obesity.asp). They avoided a tendency to... Read more