Project

Portfolio modeling for synergies between human and environmental health

In this project we explore potential synergies among food production, environmental quality, economic development and diet quality with a portfolio of modelling approaches that are equipped with nutrition and health indicators.  

The challenges of the 21st century are increasingly interconnected. The question of how to produce and make food accessible that benefits human health, provides income and is less resource intense is only now beginning to receive serious attention. In view of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, diet quality is a central concern. Diet quality is related to preventing shortage and excess of foods and nutrients and promoting food safety, and is affected by drivers and human decision making at global to local levels.

We aim to explore potential synergies among food production, environmental quality, economic development and diet quality with a portfolio of modelling approaches that are equipped with nutrition and health indicators. The analysis will focus on (1) global trends and their effects at national level, (2) regional and local (farm household) socio-economic impacts, and (3) productivity, ecosystem services and environment at farm and landscape levels. The project builds on existing modelling approaches and applies these in case studies in Ethiopia and Vietnam, with gradients in distance to urban centres and infrastructure, agricultural production orientation, and access to natural resources and biodiversity.

The outcomes will inform management of agroecosystems as well as dietary and income choices, and identify policy options in public health, natural resource management and agriculture, that help to make the healthy and sustainable choice the easier choice for producers, supply chain partners, governmental institutions, and consumers.