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.

Book Release: Pulses for Nutrition in India: Changing Pattern from Farm to Fork

A good monsoon led to a rise in sowing and production of pulses in 2017, resulting in prices falling almost by half. Earlier, in 2015, rising prices causing declining consumption of pulses had been a cause of concern for both nutrition and food inflation in policy corridors.

Improving Diets in Vietnam with Roots, Tubers and Bananas

Bioversity International's Erin Zettell and Jessica Raneri recently examined how consuming more roots, tubers and bananas, particularly micronutrient-rich varieties, can improve the malnourishment prevalent in northwest Vietnam.

Podcast: Developing a “Food Systems” Perspective, Part Two

“Food systems” has become a very popular term in the fields of agriculture, nutrition, and health, but what does it mean to have a food systems perspective? How do food systems address the triple burden of malnutrition, and what can countries learn from one another to strengthen their own food systems?

Podcast: Developing a “Food Systems” Perspective, Part One

“Food systems” has become a very popular term in the fields of agriculture, nutrition, and health, but what does it mean to have a food systems perspective? How do food systems address the triple burden of malnutrition, and what can countries learn from one another to strengthen their own food systems?