Discussion Paper: Effective Food Systems Innovations


by A4NH | August 4, 2021

To address malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), more evidence is needed about the potential of food system innovations to help guide the transformation toward healthier, more sustainable, and equitable food systems. This paper reviews the literature on food system innovations in the food environment, or where consumers interact with the food they will eat, and addressing consumer behavior on diet and nutrition-related outcomes in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Vietnam, and other LMICs, then highlights promising innovations and demonstrates gaps in the literature.

The discussion paper, Effective Food Systems Transformations: An Inventory of Evidence from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Viet Nam, and Other Low- and Middle-Income Countries, was published as part of the International Food Policy Research Institute's discussion paper series in May 2021.

Read the corresponding blog, "Mapping Evidence of Food Systems Transformation for Healthier Diets: What Works?," published on the Food Systems Idea Exchange in July 2021.

Explore the interactive map of evidence reviewed in the paper:


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