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.

Event: US Release of ‘Nutrition and Food Systems: A Report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition’

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, A4NH will cohost the US release of "Nutrition and Food Systems," from the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition. The launch event will be held at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

New Paper Explores Using Biodiversity Indicators to Shape Food System Recommendations

A new paper by Carl Lachat of Gent University, Jessica Raneri of Bioversity International, and others examines how using Dietary Species Richness, a new food biodiversity indicator, can help policymakers and stakeholders better understand the relationship between food biodiversity and diet quality and, in turn, identify where food systems can be improved. The paper, based on >> Read more

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.

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?