Lieven Huybregts



Research Fellow


Lieven joined IFPRI in 2014 as a research fellow in the Poverty Health and Nutrition Division. Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Ghent University and visiting scientist at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (Belgium). He was project leader of the Maternal and Child Nutrition project embedded in the institutional collaboration framework between Jimma University (Ethiopia) and Ghent University (Belgium). He is a nutrition epidemiologist with expertise in maternal and child malnutrition in developing countries. He conducted several randomized controlled trials in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Chad, and Ecuador in collaboration with NGO's and local research institutes.

Lieven holds a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences from Ghent University (Belgium) and an MSc in Bioscience Engineering (major food sciences) from Ghent University. 

Current Research

  • The impact of prenatal food supplementation on birth outcomes in Burkina Faso
  • The impact of cash transfers on human capital in Burkina Faso and Mali
  • Integrating preventive interventions into the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition to tackle child undernutrition using community and health facility-based platforms in Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

Languages spoken: Dutch, English, French, Italian, German