Faculty Expert Profile

Jessica Fanzo

  • Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food and Agricultural Policy and Ethics


  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • School of Advanced International Studies
  • Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Global Food Ethics and Policy Program

Languages spoken

  • English

Jessica Fanzo is director of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. She plays key advisory roles on food security and nutrition for Hopkins' Alliance for a Healthier World as well as with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative on obesity and food systems. As a Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor she teaches Global Food and Agricultural Policy and Ethics at the School of Advanced International Studies and the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

With 20 years of research and program experience working in the field in sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia, she focuses on system approaches to ensure better nutrition and diets. Her work explores the links among agriculture, the environment and climate, and health to improve food systems and the quality of diets and nutrition. She also researches the importance of regaining food security and agriculture-based livelihoods in post-conflict regions through better governance and food policy and studies the emerging area of equitable, ethical, and sustainable diets and food systems.

Fanzo is currently serving as the co-chair for the Global Nutrition Report, and is the team leader for the high-level panel of experts for food systems and nutrition for the UN Committee on Food Security.

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The profound effects of the war in Ukraine
Published May 19, 2022
The prolonged violence is shaking up global political alliances, driving food insecurity, and upending the lives of millions of refugees, Johns Hopkins experts said during a live briefing May 17

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