This Technical Brief is aimed at analysts, technical experts, government advisers and policymakers who want to use sound evidence to inform their decisions. It identifies critical data needs for decision makers who want to strengthen the roles played by agricultural and food systems in terms of impacts on diets, food consumption choices, and nutrition. The Brief highlights recent initiatives aimed at generating consensus on data needs and on novel metrics, especially in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals set for the next decade. It recommends a greater focus on the collection of essential dietary data so that food policies can be better designed and evaluated.
A 2-page summary of the messages for policy makers is also appended.
Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. Improved metrics and data are needed for effective food system policies in the post-2015 era. Technical Brief No. 2. Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, London, UK (2015) 12 pp.