Health Impacts

The connection between food systems and health is fundamental to addressing critical issues such as diet-related chronic diseases and malnutrition, with strong evidence that the transition to more sustainable, equitable and secure food systems offers positive health outcomes. The Global Alliance for the Future of Food seeks to strengthen these connections and better understand the external, hidden costs of food production, distribution and consumption, with health impacts being central.

To carry out this work, the Global Alliance co-published Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Addressing Practices, Political Economy, and Power Relations to Build Healthier Food Systems, authored by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) in fall 2017. The report makes critical contribution to the field by identifying the practices, compounding factors, channels of impact, and economic costs of unhealthy food systems – and points to levers to build food systems that promote health.

To build on this, the Global Alliance has launched an initiative which aims to compile diverse evidence about the positive health benefits and impacts of food systems, identify success stories that demonstrate how food systems can be managed for health, and highlight policies that promote health.

Responses to the Call for Proposals are due 27 July 2018.

We see a role for philanthropy in strengthening public understanding of the fundamental relationship between food systems and the creation and sustenance of health and well-being, and in encouraging strategic alliances between food systems advocates and the health sector.

Mathilde Douillet, PhD

Lead of the Global Alliance Advancing Well-being Working Group and Program Manager, Sustainable Food Systems, Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso