Food Systems for Healthier Diets is a flagship of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).
There is a real need to look systematically at the changes in food systems and diet transitions – and these changes are happening very rapidly. This program is special, because we focus on food systems from a nutrition point of view.
Normally, food systems are looked at from a production orientation – they want to improve food systems by increasing production of crops. But we turn it around – we look at the diets. We determine what the quality of the diet is in terms of nutrients like iron and Vitamin A, in terms of diversity, and also what unhealthy components are consumed, like salt or sugar.
This flagship is led by Wageningen University and Research, and we carry out our work in four countries: Ethiopia and Nigeria in Africa and Bangladesh and Vietnam in Asia.
We focus on three things:
- First, we look to identify what is driving the changes in a food system, and what options and constraints exist in each unique situation;
- Second, we test innovations and interventions that can improve diet quality and diversity; and
- Third, we look to bring all the stakeholders together, to share information and devise strategies for scaling up successful options.
At the end of the program, we expect that we will provide strong evidence to policymakers on how to innovate and transform food systems in such a way that they supply nutritious, safe, and sustainable diets for their population.
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