Below you will find a list of resources recommended to support the transformation of food environments, divided into advocacy-, database- and tools-related areas.


2020 Global Nutrition Report

The 2020 Global Nutrition Report looks beyond global and national patterns, revealing significant inequalities in nutrition outcomes within countries and populations. Chapter 4 specifically is on ‘Food systems and nutrition equity’.

Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016–2025

The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition is a commitment by United Nations Member States to undertake 10 years of sustained and coherent implementation of policies, programmes and increased investments to eliminate malnutrition in all its forms, everywhere, leaving no one behind.

Food Systems Game Changers Lab

This platform provides information on 24 Action Agendas co-developed by over 850 game changers from 127 countries as part of a 12-week Solutions Accelerator Program to further support scaling these collective food systems solutions.

Global nutrition policy review 2016-2017: country progress in creating enabling policy environments for promoting healthy diets and nutrition

The Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016–2017 is the report of the second comprehensive analysis of nutrition-related policy environment, coordination mechanisms, available capacities and actions being taken in the WHO Member States.

Guidance on Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Nutrition and Health

This report aims to support countries in the necessary transition toward healthier, more sustainable diets by integrating biodiversity in food-based interventions to support nutrition and health.

Implementing nutrition labelling policies: a review of contextual factors

This is a review of 180 publications that overall found nutrition labelling policies to be cost-effective, with variability in evidence on acceptability and identifes an overview of elements that support or hinder implementation of nutrition labelling policies.

For more reviews of contextual factors see:

  1. Implementing fiscal and pricing policies to promote healthy diets: a review of contextual factors
  2. Implementing school food and nutrition policies: a review of contextual factors
  3. Implementing policies to restrict food marketing: a review of contextual factor

Transforming food systems for food security, improved nutrition and affordable healthy diets for all

This report presents the first global assessment of food insecurity and malnutrition for 2020 and new estimates of the cost and affordability of healthy diets, which provide an important link between the food security and nutrition indicators and the analysis of their trends.

WHO Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition

This implementation plan is oriented towards achieving 6 global targets in stunting, anaemia, low birth weight, overweight, breastfeeding and wasting and provides 5 specific implementation actions for reaching these targets.


Australia's Food Environment Dashboard

This Dashboard brings together the best-available, most up-to-date data to provide an overall picture of the healthiness of Australia's food environments.

Global database on the Implementation of Nutrition Action (GINA)

GINA is an interactive platform for sharing standardized information on nutrition policies and actions, i.e. what are the commitments made and who is doing what, where, when, why and how (including lessons learnt).

INFORMAS Monitoring Framework – Benchmarking food environments

INFORMAS has developed a Government Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) to assess the extent of government policy implementation on seven specific aspects of food environments (food composition, labelling, marketing, provision, retail, prices and trade), and an infrastructure support component with six domains (leadership, governance, funding and resources, monitoring and intelligence, platforms for interaction and health-in-all-policies).

Nutrition Landscape Information System (NLIS)

NLIS is a web‐based tool to assess nutrition indicators and progress towards implementing national nutrition plans. The indicators include: the existence and adoption of national nutrition plans and policies and their budget allocations; the existence of national dietary guidelines; the implementation of regular nutrition monitoring; and the existence of a budget line for nutrition in the health budget.


Engage2020 Action Catalogue

This online decision support tool enables policy-makers to find a suitable method for conducting an inclusive process in decision-making and projects.

The tool has multiple choice options, which allows to find the method for the specific project.

Food Systems Policy Tool

This Tool has been designed to be of real practical help to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and help policy officials deliver on the pledges made at the United Nations Food Systems Summit. It can help connect high-level policy decisions with on-the-ground interventions across food, agriculture, nutrition and health, using a food systems approach.

WHO Nutrition Global Targets Tracking Tool

The WHO Member States endorsed six global nutrition targets for improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition in 2012. The Tracking Tool helps countries set their national targets and monitor progress.

This tool also allows users to explore scenarios that take into account different rates of progress for the six targets and the time left to 2025.

The tool has three modules:

  1. Country indicator profiles
  2. Indicator mapping
  3. Global and regional overviews