Food Environments Technical Brief

ANH Academy Food Environment Working Group:

Concepts and methods for food environment research in low and middle income countries

 

"The food environment is the interface that mediates one’s food acquisition and consumption within the wider food system. It encompasses multiple dimensions such as the availability, accessibility, affordability, desirability, convenience, marketing, and properties of food sources and products” 
 
ANH-FEWG working definition

ANH-FEWG

The ANH Food Environment Working Group (ANH-FEWG) brings together food environment experts to review and synthesise working definitions, key concepts, methodological approaches and current research gaps. The ANH-FEWG aims to provide a platform of consensus to guide and accelerate food environment research in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

Concepts and methods for food environment research in low and middle income countries

Food environments and public health nutrition risks in LMICs are transitioning rapidly. There is an urgent need to accelerate food environment research in order to address key issues of food security and malnutrition in all its forms, including persistent maternal and child undernutrition and emerging rapid increases in obesity and nutrition related non-communicable diseases.

The ANH-FEWG Technical Brief represents a synthesis of the current debate on the development and application of food environment research in LMICs. The document presents a working definition, conceptual frameworks, methods and metrics, research gaps and key considerations for the future research.

It is hoped that the Technical Brief will provide a basis for continued dialogue within the wider research community around the issues raised so that food environment research can contribute to existing research at the nexus of food systems, food security, and agriculture, nutrition and health.

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Suggested citation

Turner, C., Kadiyala, S., Aggarwal, A., Coates, J., Drewnowski, A., Hawkes, C., Herforth, A., Kalamatianou, S., Walls, H. (2017). Concepts and methods for food environment research in low and middle income countries. Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy Food Environments Working Group (ANH-FEWG). Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) programme. London, UK.