News from Flagship One: Food Systems

Food systems are complex and multidimensional, encompassing everything from production and distribution to waste disposal and food consumption. It includes sociocultural, economic, environmental, and political aspects, and includes food producers, food-chain actors, consumers, and others who manage multiple, linked agri-food value chains within dynamic food environments.

The complexity of these systems is why A4NH takes a holistic approach to food systems, aiming to understand the interactions between different parts and act upon how together they are effecting change, rather than seeking to improve individual parts in isolation.

To learn more about A4NH’s work on food systems, please visit the Food Systems for Healthier Diets Flagship page.

Below are news stories, blog posts, and other information that help inform research and progress in this area.

Opportunities and Challenges in Striving Towards Sustainable Food Systems

Food systems are increasingly recognized as central for growing concerns about how to nourish our global population while providing sufficient income and employment, and respecting the capabilities of our planet. As discussions in development move away from considering individual value chains in isolation and towards a more holistic food systems approach, engaging with partners and >> Read more

Nutrition-Sensitive Value Chains and Food Systems for Ethiopia: Where Are the Entry Points?

An overview of an address to the Public Seminar on “The potential of value chains for nutrition:  A knowledge exchange for better informed policies and practices” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A4NH Director Speaks on the Future of Livestock

A4NH Director John McDermott served as a panelist at the recent seminar “The Future of Livestock: Enhancing Sustainability, Responsibility, and Efficiency,” held at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Evolving Food Systems Pose Both Challenges and Opportunities for Nutrition

A coordinated, multi-sectoral effort is essential to address chronic malnutrition and other dietary challenges plaguing the world’s food systems, according to the recent report, Nutrition and Food Systems, by the UN High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition.