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.

A4NH Convenes Food Systems Meeting for Stakeholders in Bangladesh

A4NH's Food Systems for Healthier Diets (FSHD) Research Flagship convened a meeting of stakeholders in Bangladesh to provide an update on progress and strategize about next steps in work to understand the nuances of the country's food system and areas for intervention. The meeting, held in Dhaka in November, gathered together more than 50 representatives >> Read more

From Food Security to Nutrition Security in India: A Food Systems Perspective

Despite historically high levels of food production in India, undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies persist. At present, 22.5 percent of adults are underweight, and 38 percent are still stunted. While undernutrition persists, based on the latest data from the National Family Health Survey-4, more than 20 percent of Indians are overweight or obese. India joins many >> Read more

Consumer Demand and Processed Foods in Nigeria: A Complex, Evolving Picture

Nigeria faces many of the same challenges confronting other low and middle-income countries today. Rapid development, high population growth, and rural-urban migration are leading to swelling cities and a new set of issues.

Repairing Food Systems Failures: Policies, Innovations, and Partnerships

The current food system is failing us. Current food systems are not capable of reducing hunger and malnutrition. In fact, hunger in the world has been increasing, growing to nearly 821 million in 2017, from around 804 million in 2016. Also, overweight is sharply rising and has tripled since 1975, affecting 1.9 billion adults and >> Read more