Webinar: The cost and affordability of EAT–Lancet reference diet

Date and Time: 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 14:30 to 16:00


Virtual - time indicated in GMT (London)

Affordability of EAT–Lancet reference diet: A global analysis

Webinar and discussion




In Jan. 2019 the EAT-Lancet Commission report published the world's first global reference diet, designed to guide food systems towards healthier and more environmentally sustainable consumption patterns.  The report aimed to help guide public policy and private sector activity towards reduced intake of red meat and other potentially harmful foods in higher-income countries, and also increased intake of fruits and vegetables, leguminous grains and other potentially beneficial foods. 

A new study published in November 2019 uses data on food prices, nutrient composition and human requirements to compare the cost of meeting EAT-Lancet targets to the cost of nutrient adequacy, and compares those diet costs to household income and expenditure in every country of the world. This webinar will discuss implications of that study for food systems research, food policy and the agriculture, nutrition and health agenda of ANH Academy members.

Please join the conversation, for what promises to be an illuminating discussion. 

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The webinar will last 90 minutes, beginning with a presentation and followed by a discussion/Q&A session. Participants can send questions at any time during the presentation and they will be able to submit text questions by typing into the questions/chat box during the webinar. We will collect these and address them during the Q&A session at the end of the presentation.   


The cost and affordability of EAT–Lancet reference diet webinar video 

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Affordability of the EAT–Lancet reference diet: a global analysis
The EAT-Lancet Commission Summary Report
Report Summary in English 
Report Summary in French 
Report Summary in Spanish 



Professor William A. Masters

Will Masters is a Professor in the Friedman School, with a secondary appointment in Tufts University's Department of Economics.  His research uses economic methods to inform and improve the food system, especially in developing countries.  From 2011 to 2014 he served as chair of the Friedman School’s Department of Food and Nutrition Policy, and before coming to Tufts was a faculty member in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University (1991-2010), and also at the University of Zimbabwe (1989-90), Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2000) and Columbia University (2003-04).


Dr. Jessica Fanzo

Jessica Fanzo PhD is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the Department of International Health of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She also serves as the Director of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at Hopkins, and plays key advisory roles in Johns Hopkins’ Alliance for a Healthier World on the food security and nutrition theme, as well as the Bloomberg American Health Initiative on obesity and food systems.