Food system analysis to better understand the impact pathways and driver of food system change

On February 26 BENEFIT held a half day discussion on how to engage in food system analysis to better understand the impact pathways and driver of food system change.  The discussion was led by Ruerd Ruben (WUR Impact Assessment for Food Systems).   The session that was attended by 7 BENEFIT staff members, was relevant to better understand the key components that make a system intervention –  activities (interventions) that support changes in  the relationships (interactions) between FS activities/stakeholders that are likely to result in better (improved) diets.

The presentation and discussion focused on understanding key elements and dynamics of food system,  link between food system and nutrition and health outcomes, overlapping burdens of malnutrition, how to do food system analysis, relevance of tailoring food system to consumer’s motive and social norms, the role of the public in sharing a conducive food environment and improving food standards etc.

The discussion centered around possible entry points (‘drivers of change’) –  policy incentives (prices, norms & standards), business Innovations (market contracts, new products, smart ICT, management practices, etc.) and civic-driven campaigns (training, information, networks, participation in governance, etc.).

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