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Deep Dive Session 7.1: The Economics of Nutrition Security and “Nutrition-Smart” Food Security Investments: Rationale, Approaches and Tools for Development Banks and Governments

09:00 am - 10:30 am
Auditorium 3: Nutrition and Health

The session will explore how multilateral development banks (MDB) and governments can invest in nutrition security by making investments in food security, and other areas that are “nutrition-smart”. The session will showcase tools like the Cost of Inaction, Value for Money, and Investment Cases, which can be leveraged by MDBs and governments for nutrition advocacy and decision-making.


  • Wendy Walker, Director, SG-HSD, ADB 


  • Dylan Walters, Health Economist / Project Director, Health Economics, Nutrition International 
  • Sergio Texeira, Director, NTEAM, Nutrition International  
  • Manoj Kumar, Regional Director, Asia, Nutrition International
  • Takeshi Ueda, Principal Natural Resources and Agriculture Economist, ADB



Dylan Walters

Health Economist / Project Director, Health Economics

Nutrition International

Manoj Kumar

Regional Director, Asia

Nutrition International

Sérgio Teixeira

Director, Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism

Nutrition International

Takeshi Ueda

Principal Natural Resources and Agriculture Economist

Asian Development Bank

Wendy M. Walker

Director, Human and Social Development Sector Office, Sectors Group

Asian Development Bank

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