Arif Husain

Director, Chief Economist and Head of Food Security Analysis Service (VAM) at the World Food Programme (WFP)

Arif Husain is currently Chief Economist and Head of Food Security Analysis Service (VAM) at United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, Italy. He started working for WFP in 2003 and since then 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, Mr Husain worked for the World Bank and also taught at the Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. His 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. Mr Husain 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.