Food Systems for Healthier Diets

The Food Systems for Healthier Diets research program (FSHD), aims to ensure that agricultural practices, interventions, and policies maximize health and nutrition benefits, while reducing health risks, using a food systems approach.

Inclusive and sustainable food systems should guarantee consumers availability of, equitable access to and efficient delivery of safe and healthy food. It is part of the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) program, a Flagship research programme within CRP A4NH, funded by CGIAR and led by Wageningen University and Research (Dr Inge Brouwer).

Engaging with national partners in the four focal countries – Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Viet Nam – researchers are conducting studies of food systems and how they are transforming, using this knowledge to develop and test innovations and interventions to improve diet quality and diversity, and then working to support the scaling up of successful efforts.

FSHD is organized in 3 Clusters of Activities:

1.     Identify the drivers in changing the food system, and the options and constraints existing in each situation;

2.     Test innovations and interventions that can improve diet quality and diversity

3.     Bringing the stakeholders together, share information and devise strategies for scaling up successful options.

ENP (prof Peter Oosterveer) is coordinating the Cluster of Activities 2 of the FSHD program, which addresses challenges of embedding and scaling up of food system innovations.

A policy baseline assessment report has been carried out for Bangladesh (2018).

Read the Bangladesh Report here

A policy baseline assessment report has also been carried out for Nigeria more recently (2020).

Read the Nigeria Report here

Food system governance

A food system governance report has been published in September 2021. Access the report here:

Conceptualising food system governance and its present challenges by Raffaele Vignola, Peter Oosterveer, Chris Béné

Read the report here