Sustainable Healthy Diets


Sustainable Healthy Diets is co-led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (the Alliance) in close collaboration with Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and with contributions from the International Potato Center (CIP).  

Sustainable Healthy Diets examines food systems from the consumer perspective, in contrast to the supply-side focus of other CGIAR Research Initiatives. The Initiative prioritizes the development of meaningful linkages and research activities with other CGIAR Research Initiatives that share its focus on consumers, food environments, nutritious foods, and nutrition and health outcomes. Expected collaborations include the following: 

  • Fruits and Vegetables: metrics, indicators, and tools to measure diets, food environments, and consumer demand 
  • Resilient Cities: methods and joint data collection on dietary patterns, drivers of food choices, and food environments in countries where both Sustainable Healthy Diets and Resilient Cities work 
  • Gender Equality: gender issues and social protection in food systems 
  • Foresight: modelling of demand patterns and cost of healthy diets 

For work at the global level, Sustainable Healthy Diets plans to collaborate with Initiatives that contribute to a “whole of diet” approach, including those working on animal source foods—like Sustainable Animal Productivity and Aquatic Foods—as well as those focused on sustainability and climate resilience at the farm and landscape level—like Climate Resilience and Low-Emission Food Systems. 

At the regional level, Sustainable Healthy Diets and Transforming Agrifood Systems in South Asia will work together on scoping reviews, and on assembling datasets and designing secondary analysis to improve understanding of dietary gaps and diet quality concerns in South Asia. This will help identify potential innovations at the individual and food environment levels to shift consumption towards sustainable healthy diets. Beyond South Asia, Sustainable Healthy Diets will pursue areas of collaboration with Diversification in East and Southern Africa and AgriLAC Resiliente as its own work develops in those regions.

Beyond CGIAR, the Initiative works closely with Strategic Partners in each target country. This small group of national partners is closely involved in the implementation of the country’s food systems transformation agenda and is formally engaged in cooperative activities to strengthen stakeholder engagement in food systems transformation for sustainable healthy diets.  

Strategic Partners hold an advisory role, ensuring that the Initiative’s activities are relevant to national policy priorities and that stakeholder interests and concerns are included in consultations and the Initiative’s research. The Strategic Partners also help accelerate the dissemination of innovative, robust solutions emerging from the Initiative’s work, which contribute to healthier, more sustainable dietary choices and consumption of sustainable healthy diets. 

Sustainable Healthy Diets engages with more than 50 organizations around the world through partnerships at the international, regional, national, and local levels. The Initiative collaborates with different types of stakeholders that support demand, innovation, and scaling, including academic, training and research partners; private sector partners; government and other public sector partners; multilateral organizations; foundations; international, regional, national and local NGOs; and public-private partnerships. 


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