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Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez

Associate Professor
Director, McGill Institute for Global Food Security
Margaret Gilliam Faculty Scholar in Food Security

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Medical Doctor (Friedrich Schiller University- Germany; San Carlos University – Guatemala
Doctor in Sciences (Friedrich Schiller University- Germany)

Active Affiliations

  • Ohio Governor’s Food Policy Advisory Council – Member
  • Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease – Ohio Steering Committee member
  • Advisor on Household Food Security Measurement for Colombian, Brazilian, Guatemalan, Bolivian, Ecuadorian, and Mexican governmental food security agencies
  • Advisory Board for Sesame Street Workshop Program “Healthy Foods for Food Insecure Children”
  • Editorial Board Member of the Journal Food Security: the science, sociology and economics of food production and access to food, and the Journal Perspectivas en Nutrición Humana (Colombia).

Current Research

Dr Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez's research focuses on the validation and applicability of easy to apply instruments to assess food insecurity and hunger in the developing world and in vulnerable populations in industrialized countries. Additionally his research program incorporates many aspects of the relationship between food insecurity and its determinants and consequences, such as poverty and malnutrition in its different manifestations (undernourishment, overweight and obesity). Dr Melgar-Quiñonez's research is led by a public health approach and a global perspective to the issues of food insecurity and hunger. He maintains active collaborations with academic institutions, governmental and nongovernmental local and international agencies in over 20 countries around the globe.

A) Food insecurity in small farming families in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Uruguay

B) Food Insecurity and Under‐Nutrition in Guatemala

C) Association between food insecurity and nutritional status and dietary intake in Mexico

D) Food insecurity and food expenditures in Guatemala

E) Validity of a household food security scale in Bolivia


To view a list of Dr. Melgar-Quiñonez's publications, click here.

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