Bapu Vaitla

Bapu VaitlaVisting Fellow

Bapu Vaitla is a food security researcher focused on the causes of child under nutrition.

His work is split into three major areas:

  1. Household-level determinants of rural under nutrition and food insecurity
  2. The political economy of child nutrition, especially of agriculture and social protection policy; and
  3. Theoretical modeling of cooperation in intra-household and community network contexts.

He has experience in econometric modeling, household survey design and analysis, and participatory qualitative research methods. He has in-depth country-specific knowledge of Brazil, where he was a Fulbright Scholar in 2013-14; India, where he conducted research as a David L. Boren Fellow on federal and state-level nutritional and food security policies; and Ethiopia, where as a Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow he analyzed productive safety nets and foreign assistance programs. Bapu has a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a M.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California-Davis.

News Items

Food Policy publishes article on measuring food security by Dan Maxwell and team
February 27, 2017

Feinstein Research Director Dan Maxwell teamed up with Visiting Fellow Bapu Vaitla, Senior Researcher Jennifer Coates, Laura Glaeser, Christopher Hillbruner, and Preetish Biswal to publish “The measurement of household food…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Humanitarian Information Systems: Anticipating, Analyzing, and Acting in Crisis

This study seeks to understand the availability and quality of information, and the external influences on data collection and analysis for the classification of food emergencies.

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Promoting Agriculture, Health, and Alternative Livelihoods (PAHAL) in Nepal

This USAID-funded five-year project (2014-2019) aims to improve food security, resilience, and livelihoods for poor and marginalized communities in select areas of rural Nepal.

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Feinstein Publications

An Analysis of Food Security Resilience in Rural Nepal
food security resilience

This report investigates food security resilience in Far-Western Nepal.

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Comparing Household Food Consumption Indicators to Inform Acute Food Insecurity Phase Classification

One important component of analysis of food insecurity in emergencies is the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Acute Food Insecurity Reference Table. This table provides a graduated description of…

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