The Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) programme is funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Our Planet, Our Health Programme. It is one of four major interdisciplinary research partnerships in the areas of global food systems and urbanization awarded by the Wellcome Trust in 2017.

The overarching objective of the SHEFS programme is to provide policy makers with novel, interdisciplinary evidence to define future food systems policies that deliver nutritious and healthy foods in an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable manner.

The programme comprises two linked research components:

  • Data gathering, analysis and scenario modelling; Using a variety of statistical, analytical and experimental methods to identify key interactions at the global, regional and national level, including collecting new, integrated data in diverse sites in India and South Africa. Analysis of local evidence, informed by work with secondary data, will enable a granular understanding of the local realities of the food system-environment-health nexus.
  • Policy design and evaluation; SHEFS will characterise the policy context in which food systems operate in low and middle-income country settings, and identify food system policy options with the potential to improve population health and reduce environmental impacts. The project will also focus on how to best engage with decision makers and other stakeholders, to co-develop policies for sustainable and healthy diets for all.

SHEFS will be working with other organisations interested in this field, in particular with the Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) project led by the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and also funded as part of the Our Planet, Our Health programme.

SHEFS links to, and builds, upon several other Wellcome Trust funded research projects looking at global food systems and health, led by LSHTM and SOAS;

  • Sustainable and Healthy Diets in India (SAHDI),
  • Palm Oil: Sustainability, Health & Economics (POSHE)
  • Future Diets and Health (FUDAH).

Further information about our research will be added as the programme develops.