Health & Well-being

We aim to amplify the fundamental role that food systems play in creating health and well-being in all ecosystems, human and non-human communities, making the impact of food systems on health and well-being more visible.

Through our work on health and well-being, we aim to see:

  • Bolstered knowledge of and evidence for the positive and negative health externalities of food systems, leading to systemic solutions toward truly healthy, sustainable food systems.
  • Support of sustainable food and agriculture systems by government and private sector through the identification and highlighting of current policies that undermine healthy food, and the amplification of new policies that promote health.
  • Increased understanding of food system reform strategies and effectiveness in grant-making and investing through the development of collaborative philanthropic approaches.

Highlights from our health and well-being work include:

Systemic Solutions for Healthy Food Systems: The Positive Health Benefits and Impacts of Sustainable Food Systems
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.

Unravelling the Food Health Nexus
Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Addressing practices, political economy, and power relations to build healthier food systems – a report commissioned by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, and written by IPES-Food (the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems) – provides a comprehensive overview of the health impacts of food systems, identifying the channels through which food systems affect human health, and how prevailing power relations and imperatives in food systems help to shape our understanding of the impacts they generate. The report asks why evidence gaps persist, why negative impacts are systematically reproduced, and why certain problems are not politically prioritized.

We have engaged in several follow-up activities to share this work, including hosting a webinar attended by over 500 participants with an interest and area-expertise in the food-health nexus.

Advancing Health and Well-being in Food Systems: Strategic Opportunities for Funders
In early 2015, the Global Alliance commissioned four scoping papers from experts-in-the-field on: 1) “Institutional Food Purchasing as a Tool for Food Systems Reform” by Olivier de Schutter, Ph.D.; 2) “Diet, Chronic Disease and the Food System: Making the Links, Pushing for Change” by Corinna Hawkes, Ph.D.; 3) “Dietary Guidelines and Sustainable Diets: Pathways to Progress” by Hugh Joseph, Ph.D. and Kate Clancy, Ph.D.; and 4) “Improving the Well-being of Food System Workers” by Molly Anderson, Ph.D., with Bama Athreya, PhD.

Global Alliance supported publications and activities:

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GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR THE FUTURE OF FOOD COMMISSIONS TASTING THE FUTURE TO ENGAGE DIVERSE PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO IDENTIFY SYSTEMIC SOLUTIONS THAT PROMOTE HEALTHY FOOD SYSTEMS

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food is pleased to announce that Tasting the Future, is the successful respondent to an RFP to explore “Systemic Solutions for Healthy Food Systems: The positive health benefits and impacts of sustainable food systems.” Read More

CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Systemic Solutions for Healthy Food Systems

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 is due 27 July 2018.Read More

Webinar Recording + Q&A's: Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus

On 12 December 2017 the Global Alliance for the Future of Food hosted a webinar presenting the findings of the recent Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus report. The webinar recording is now available, along with a Q&A Summary with responses from report lead Cécilia Rocha and webinar discussants Roberto Ciati, Simon Poole, and Olivia Yambi.Read More

Climate Change & Food Systems: Assessing Impacts and Opportunities

Climate Change & Food Systems: Assessing Impacts and Opportunities

In this Global Alliance commissioned report led by Meridian Institute, expert authors synthesize peer-reviewed literature that examines the mutual impacts of food system activities (ranging from pre-production to production, post-production, consumption, and waste) and climate change, develop 10 key messages, and document mitigation opportunities and their adaptation potential.Read More

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Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus

IPES-Food/Global Alliance for the Future of Food publication Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Addressing Practices, Political Economy, and Power Relations to Build Healthier Food Systems provides a comprehensive overview of the health impacts of food systems, identifying the channels through which food systems affect human health, and how prevailing power relations and imperatives in food systems help to shape our understanding of the impacts they generateRead More

The Future of Food in a Climate Changing World: 2nd International Dialogue Summary Report

The Future of Food in a Climate Changing World: 2nd International Dialogue Summary Report

In May 2017, the Global Alliance hosted its 2nd International Dialogue: The Future of Food in a Climate Changing World. This summary report is an overview of the dialogue, opportunities explored, and potential actions the Global Alliance and participating experts and leaders identified as potential pathways towards a more sustainable, secure and equitable future of food.Read More

Advancing Health and Well-being in Food Systems: Strategic Opportunities for Funders

In early 2015, the Global Alliance commissioned four scoping papers from experts-in-the-field of food systems policy and practice on institutional food, non-communicable diseases, dietary guidelines, and workers’ rights. The papers focus for each strategic area on effective actions already happening in the field, challenges and barriers to change, and recommendations for funders wishing to make a positive impact.Read More

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Global Alliance Statement on U.S. Dietary Guidelines

When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture was reviewing the U.S. Dietary Guidelines in 2015, the Global Alliance made a submission calling for the inclusion of sustainability as a fundamental principle to healthy eating and long-term health.Read More