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.

Video: Research Impact in Vietnam

A new video from CGIAR showcases how research is having impact on people's lives. The video highlights how A4NH research conducted by Hung Nguyen is helping informal market vendors in Vietnam improve the safety of the food they sell. Informal markets are a critical part of Vietnam's food systems, and consumers want to know their vegetables, meats, and >> Read more

A4NH Releases Vietnam Food System Policy Baseline Report

Food systems, that is, the full set of processes, activities, infrastructure, and environment that encompass the production, distribution, waste disposal, and consumption of food, are in a state of rapid transformation in Vietnam, spurred by rising incomes and growing rates of urbanization.

Video: Food Systems in Vietnam: Unique Opportunities, Rapid Transformations

Stef de Haan is A4NH's Country Coordinator in Vietnam, and Regional Program Management Officer for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). In this video, he discusses Vietnam's rapidly transforming food system, and how A4NH research is working to ensure consumers have access to healthy diets. Read more about A4NH's work in food systems. Read more about >> Read more

Food Systems for Healthier Diets Seeks PhD Student in Global Nutrition

A4NH's Food Systems for Healthier Diets Flagship Research Program seeks a PhD student to focus on a research project in Vietnam and Nigeria. The project aims to improve fruit and vegetable intakes of urban, low-income consumers (especially women and youth as being the most vulnerable) in order to address the double burden of malnutrition.