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Sustainable & Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS)

The primary purpose of SHEFS is to provide new, interdisciplinary research that policymakers can use to shape food systems that will deliver healthy, accessible, affordable and sustainable food

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10 June 2021

Key Facts

  • Funding body: Wellcome Trust
  • ​​​​​​Collaborators: SHEFS is a global research programme funded by the Wellcome Trust (running from 2017 to 2022) with three country case study sites: the United Kingdom, South Africa and India. The project is a multi-partner research consortium led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in partnership with the University of KwaZulu Natal; the University College London; the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); the Centre for Food Policy at City, the University of London; the Food Foundation; the University of Aberdeen; the Royal Veterinary College; and the Centre for Chronic Disease Control in India
  • Total project value: £5 million GBP
  • Duration: 2017-2022

Overview

The project is a multi-partner research consortium led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in partnership with the University of KwaZulu Natal; the University College London; the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); the Centre for Food Policy at City, the University of London; the Food Foundation; the University of Aberdeen; the Royal Veterinary College; and the Centre for Chronic Disease Control in India.

The primary aim of the Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) project is to provide policy makers with novel, interdisciplinary research evidence to shape future food systems policies that deliver nutritious and healthy foods in a sustainable and equitable manner. Overarching research questions of the SHEFS programme are: (1) “What components of the interactions between environment, food systems and health are critical for achieving sustainable and equitable health outcomes, and what sectoral and inter-sectoral policy options are most able to deliver healthy food systems in the face of future environmental and demographic change?”, and (2)“How can evidence-based policies be co-developed with stakeholders to improve access to sustainable and healthy diets for all?”.

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Collaborators

SHEFS is a global research programme funded by the Wellcome Trust (running from 2017 to 2022) with three country case study sites: the United Kingdom, South Africa and India. The project is a multi-partner research consortium led by:

Outputs

The UCL ISR team has worked on the environmental sustainability of food production and trade in South Africa and at the global scale, covering notably greenhouse emissions, the sustainability of water resources use and impacts on biodiversity.

The SHEFS project has produced a range of scientific publications and other outputs on sustainable and healthy food systems, available at https://shefsglobal.lshtm.ac.uk/publications/

Links
https://shefsglobal.Ishtm.ac.uk