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42 policies and actions to orient food systems towards healthier diets for all

Hawkes, C., Walton, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-9117-3585, Haddad, L. & Fanzo, J. (2020). 42 policies and actions to orient food systems towards healthier diets for all. London, UK: Centre for Food Policy.


In January 2020, the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Johns Hopkins University began compiling recommendations made by major international reports on how to orient food systems for nutrition. This was the first step towards our ultimate goal of identifying a group of actions essential in every context to lay the foundations of a nutritious food system – the policies and programmes which any policymaker serious about improving diets and nutrition would enact at a minimum.

The context was the increasing number of international processes designed to provide guidance on food systems for nutrition, including the ongoing development of the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

As part of this process, a long-list of 42 policies and actions with the potential to orient the food system towards healthy diets was generated. Aligned with the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) report Food Systems and Nutrition, the list is made up of actions with the potential to effect change through food supply chains, food environments and consumers. Actions to change principles, governance and political processes, although critically important to frame and enable the delivery of these actions, were not the focus of the project.

While the actions are focused on healthy diets, the next phase will assess how they can synergise with and support efforts to advance environmental sustainability.

Publication Type: Report
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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