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: Future Food Systems: How Might They Be Healthier and More Sustainable?

On November 28, A4NH, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) of Australia, and Wageningen University and Research (WUR) will host a side event at the IFPRI/FAO conference "Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition."

Strategic Simplification to Create Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems in an Urbanizing World

  Food systems are shaped by consumption and demand – we need to always keep this in mind. This truth is increasingly obvious in middle and lower-middle income countries, with their dynamic economies and rapidly growing megacities.

Video: Research Impact in Vietnam

A new video from CGIAR showcases how research is having impact on people's lives. The video highlights how A4NH research conducted by Hung Nguyen is helping informal market vendors in Vietnam improve the safety of the food they sell. Informal markets are a critical part of Vietnam's food systems, and consumers want to know their vegetables, meats, and >> Read more

A4NH Releases Vietnam Food System Policy Baseline Report

Food systems, that is, the full set of processes, activities, infrastructure, and environment that encompass the production, distribution, waste disposal, and consumption of food, are in a state of rapid transformation in Vietnam, spurred by rising incomes and growing rates of urbanization.