Ms. Ogden or Kate is committed to understanding what drives hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in the world. She works in the Nutrition Division of the World Food Programme supporting the organisational strategy to make good nutrition an important outcome across the WFP portfolio. She provides expert advice on how diets can be improved in sectors complementary to nutrition, such as agriculture and education and how this nutrition-sensitive approach is integral to efforts to reduce malnutrition by understanding and acting on its different drivers. She has over two decades of humanitarian experience in food security and nutrition which began with field work in conflict settings in West Africa and Eastern Europe. She joined WFPs vulnerability analysis service (VAM) to strengthen nutrition indicators in emergency food security assessments and later led the assessments team. Moving to the nutrition team she worked on how WFP could unlock its potential to address malnutrition more broadly through its programmes and policy work and now supports this integrated approach both within WFP and across numerous global bodies.
Kate holds a BSc in Catering Science and Applied Nutrition and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition. With a particular interest in analysis she has carried out food security and nutrition assessments and surveys in numerous countries, has managed programmes delivering food assistance for refugees and displaced populations and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition, and headed teams working on livelihood and agricultural interventions with International NGOs as well as with WFP where she is currently posted as senior programme policy nutritionist in the headquarters in Rome, Italy.