The Way Forward on Nutrition in Food Systems Transformation: A Response to the Recent Commentaries

Document Type : Correspondence

Authors

1 Master´s and Doctorate Program in Medical and Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

2 Center for Research in Nutrition and Health, National Institute of Public Health, Mexico City, Mexico

3 National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico City, Mexico

4 Menzies Centre for Health Policy, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

5 Public Administration Division, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, Mexico City, Mexico

6 Public Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

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We appreciate the interest in our recent paper and the two thoughtful commentaries that were published in this journal by Carriedo A et al1 and Phulkerd S2. In this correspondence, we reflect upon both commentaries and discuss important elements brought by their authors for food system transformation, specifically: (i) power dynamics, (ii) policy coherence, and (iii) governance, with a systems thinking approach to progress on nutrition policy. ...(Read more...)

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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 05 November 2022
  • Receive Date: 23 October 2022
  • Revise Date: 25 October 2022
  • Accept Date: 02 November 2022
  • First Publish Date: 05 November 2022