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: 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.

Markets in Vietnam: A Snapshot of Transforming Food Systems

As part of our recent meetings in Vietnam, the A4NH team had the opportunity to visit three different markets in Hanoi: a traditional wet market, a smaller neighborhood market, and a supermarket. What we saw and learned during those visits provided insights into what challenges arise as a food system transforms.

New Paper From A4NH: Food Systems for Healthier Diets in Ethiopia

The Food Systems for Healthier Diets flagship, established as part of A4NH’s second phase, is taking an in-depth look at food systems in priority countries.