Policy Seminar: Food Systems Transformations: National Actions in a Globalized World


by A4NH

Food systems in developing countries are undergoing a rapid transformation, shaped by global and regional events. But country actions will be critical in shaping future food system outcomes.

Some countries are taking a systemic approach to assessing and acting on food system transformation – considering consumption and food environments, food supply and sustainability, health, and socioeconomic outcomes.

On November 14, A4NH and IFPRI held a policy seminar to introduce this approach, with representatives from Nigeria and Vietnam discussing the challenges, opportunities, and trade-offs they encounter in enabling food system actors in their countries. A panel then shared insights into how food systems can develop in a healthy, sustainable, and equitable way.

Read a summary about this event, and find speaker presentations below the video.

View speaker presentations:


Transforming Food Systems for Healthier Diets: Supporting Actions at a National Scale

  • Inge Brouwer, Associate Professor of Food and Nutrition Security, Wageningen University & Research, and A4NH Flagship Leader of Food Systems for Healthier Diets (Presentation )

Case Studies

Food System Transformation in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges for the Private Sector

Policy Actions Around Food System Transformation in Vietnam


December 4, 2019

Summary of November 14 IFPRI/A4NH Policy Seminar details national food systems experiences in Vietnam, Nigeria, followed by a panel discussion.

November 27, 2019

Globally, we are eating a smaller array of foods, resulting in diets that are less nutritious and healthy. Yet FAO estimates more than 5,500 food crops exist globally. So why aren’t we using them?

November 25, 2019

Global food system sustainability study results in the first map of its kind to score sustainability of food systems, country-by-country, going beyond usual questions of productivity and nutrition, to include economic and social variables.