Food systems for healthier diets (KB-22-003-003)

Project: EZproject

Project Details

Description

Vegetable consumption is a commonly recommended element in a balanced diet. To maintain or raise vegetable consumption is particularly challenging under the bundle of factors commonly referred to as the nutrition transition.

Nigeria, with its large and quickly expanding urban population with rapidly accumulating wealth and undergoing changes in food habits, will face new, multiple and different challenges regarding food security and food systems, health burdens and non-communicable diseases (NDS). While the nutrition transition is still in an early stage in Nigeria, in urban areas in Nigeria an increase in the incidence of obesity and related NCDs is already observed.

We present a research agenda and empirical strategy around these knowledge gaps for the case of Nigeria, and explain why and how a food system approach is required to respond to these challenges. The choice determinants of vegetable consumption in an urban African population are poorly understood from a system perspective. Reliable data on food choices and food choice motives are gathered in 2016 by socioeconomic class among the urban population (with exception of the poorest), along with indicative data on vegetable intake.   Leverage points for bringing diets in line with WHO recommendations and for moving towards more sustainable food systems can be identified in (1) product and process innovation, (2) distribution and trade and (3) information and price policies for consumers in line with an adjusted rules and incentive frameworks for agriculture and food value chains.

StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/18

Research Output

Healthy diets and reduced land pressure: Towards a double gain for future food systems in Nigeria

Smeets-Kristkova, Z., Achterbosch, T. & Kuiper, M., 6 Feb 2019, In : Sustainability (Switzerland). 11, 3, 835.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Addressing trade-offs and synergies between SDGs: compare EU with Non-EU

    Shutes, L. J., Achterbosch, T. J. & Cui, D., 2018. 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paperAcademic

    Open Access

    Determinants of Nutrient and Dietary Gaps in the Changing Food Systems in Nigeria

    Mekonnen, D., Nijhuis, A. P., Trijsburg, L. E., Talsma, E. F., Morley, T., Linderhof, V., Achterbosch, T. J. & Brouwer, I. D., Sep 2018. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

    Open Access

    Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Transforming Africa’s food systems to deliver healthier diets

    T.J. Achterbosch (Speaker), & Jordania Valentim (Contributor)

    1 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation