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Food Environments: A Shared Understanding
Food environments are described as the “interface” or “link” between food systems and diets . Interactions between social, environmental, political, and market elements tend to shape the food environments in communities and countries. Changes in dietary patterns may be influenced by individual factors such as knowledge and motivation , but are often the result of environmental and societal changes associated with development and policies . The types of food environments people have access to changes alongside development and urbanisation: from hunter gatherer and agrarian lifestyles, to peri-urban and developing, and high-income urban lifestyles. However, communities and countries do not have to transition linearly through each stage as they undergo socioeconomic development and multiple types and patterns of food environments can exist with-in a given country or community. The FoodE 2021 Virtual Meeting is a gathering of stakeholders whose work relates directly or indirectly to improving food environments in countries across the development spectrum (Germany, Malaysia, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania). Participants will share and discuss experiences, challenges and opportunities to inform research on food environments and related policy.

Mar 30, 2021 08:00 AM in Greenwich Mean Time

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