Senior expert at A4NH - Food Systems Analysis & Integration


Food systems research and policy analysis requires a detailed insight in interlinkages between different stages in the food system (input supply, production, processing, retail, consumption) as well as the coordination of network relationships amongst (public, private and civic) stakeholders. Innovations for healthier and sustainable diets need to be based on detailed insights into the dynamics of food system change and stakeholder responses to different types of (non)price incentives.

The Wageningen-led food system flagship leads the conceptual development and operational design of applied research activities within the CRP Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). Key attention is therefore devoted to (a) the identification of critical interactions and incentives that influence food systems dynamics; (b) the mobilization of transdisciplinary knowledge and expertise to enhance food systems change; and (c) the creation of exchange facilities that enable multi-stakeholder cooperation towards food systems integration.

The expert will support the above-mentioned activities through (1) identifying entry points for food systems change based on socio-technical interventions [cooperation between A4NH and other CRPs]; (2) systematic comparison of food systems dynamics in different focus countries (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Vietnam and Bangladesh) to identify suitable policy instruments for different settings and stages; and (3) analysis of different price and non-price incentives that could be effective for contributing to shifts towards healthier and more sustainable diets.


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Main applicant

Prof. dr. R. Ruben

Affiliated with

Wageningen University & Research, Maatschappijwetenschappen, Ontwikkelingseconomie (DEC)


02/10/2018 to 30/08/2021