Sustainable Healthy Diets

Research activities: Micro, small, and medium enterprises and the informal sector

If consumers are to increase consumption of sustainable nutritious foods, more of these foods must be made available. Improving the quality of foods, snacks, and beverages on offer depends on decisions made by wholesalers, processors, caterers, and retailers about what to sell and how to sell it.  

Researchers and partners are gathering knowledge about the millions of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) worldwide who are making these decisions, which will be used to identify and promote scalable, evidence-based innovations and policies to help actors in MSMEs and the informal sector increase their delivery of sustainable nutritious foods while also promoting more decent employment, especially for women and youth.  

For more information about this work package, please contact Alan de Brauw,, or Mark Lundy,


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