Indicators for healthy diets from sustainable food systems


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The Action Coalition for Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (HDSFS) brings together Member States, UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and social movements to align, mobilize and support the collective action towards the shared vision of healthy diets from sustainable food systems. for everyone.

Actions to achieve this goal are wide-ranging and work across food systems to influence food supply, food environments and food valuation. Such actions hold great potential to advance progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as ending hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, promoting healthy lives and well-being of all by significantly reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases and improving maternal and child health, reducing inequalities, taking urgent measures to combat climate change and its impacts and strengthening sustainable consumption and production. Although the nature and extent vary, malnutrition is a problem in every country in the world and achieving a healthy diet is a necessary condition to begin to address it.

Robust indicators are essential for guiding action and understanding trends, informing decision-making, measuring impact and fostering accountability. The HDSFS Coalition brings together a great level of national and global expertise in the areas of health, nutrition and sustainability united behind the goal of enabling and promoting actions that will reduce the number of people who cannot afford healthy food, while working in partnership to ensure that this food is produced from sustainable food systems. In addition, the Coalition will support actions that improve the collection and use of data on healthy diets for decision-making and accountability (for example, as part of the global SDG indicator framework). Many ongoing efforts address various topics related to the development of indicators and the collection, consolidation, visualization, dissemination and use of data.

In this first HDSFS Coalition peer-to-peer learning workshop, we are creating space to share Member States’ thoughts on the opportunities and challenges of using healthy diet data. More specifically, the objectives include:

  • Reflect on the concept of healthy diets and examine the various aspects of food consumption it encompasses, and the extent to which this already reflects or could reflect aspects of sustainability of food systems
  • Learn from Member States about the opportunities and challenges of collecting and using indicators of healthy diets from sustainable food systems for policy-making in their contexts
  • Consolidate lessons learned from country experience that can inform ongoing efforts to improve indicators of healthy diets, and how this could help inform efforts in sustainable food systems
  • Initiate discussions and better understand the added value of the HDSFS Coalition to catalyze actions related to indicators for healthy diets from sustainable food systems

Provisional agenda




5 minutes

Opening remarks: The Coalition in the Context of Relevant Ongoing Efforts

Doctor Francesco Branca

15 minutes

Capturing the essence of healthy eating and implications for indicators and data collection systems

Professor Ed Frongillo

15 minutes

Country Reflections:

  • For countries that have used diet quality/food intake data to inform policy/programmatic action: how has the data been used explicitly to adjust policy?
  • From a data perspective, how has your country captured the multiple implications of dietary habits, taking into account environmental, economic and socio-cultural considerations as well as healthy diets
  • What were the challenges and opportunities to do so
  • How to manage trade-offs between health, environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects in data systems?

4 min each from 4 Member States

50 minutes

Moderated panel discussion

  • From concept to implementation – opportunities and challenges for collecting and using performance indicators healthy diets from a sustainable food systems for policy-making in various contexts

Moderator: Dr. Lynnette Neufeld


  • Brazil
  • Ghana
  • European Commission
  • Dr. Ed Frongillo
  • Dr. Anna Herforth
  • Dr Corinna Hawkes
  • Doctor Jess Fanzo

5 minutes

Final thoughts: what does it take? What can be done? The role of the HDSFS Coalition

Dr. Brent Loken


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