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Further reading on food and affordability

by Geraldine Gilbert, Jul 30
5 minutes read

While preparing our Action Sprint on the future of plant-based innovation in the context of a just transition to healthy, sustainable diets in Europe and the US, we collected a few articles and information sources that we’d like to share. It’s not an exhaustive list of essential reading (and it’s in no particular order), but it might be useful.

If you have any suggested reading, please do share links in the comments.

Photo by Matias North on Unsplash

Key concepts and definitions

National and local authority landscape, strategies and initiatives

Impacts of COVID-19

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Household Food Insecurity: Results from the Food Foundation’s 2021 research on the impacts of the COVID pandemic on food insecurity in the UK + children’s concerns around food and COVID in lockdown
  • COVID Realities: Participatory online research project during the pandemic with parents and carers living on a low income

Accessibility and affordability

Indeces and benchmarks

  • The Global Food Security Index: The Economist Intelligence Unit’s ninth Global Food Security Index considers the issues of food affordability, availability, quality and safety, and natural resources and resilience across 113 countries. It shows a deterioration in the global food environment for a second year running, with impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Food and Agriculture Benchmark: A framework for corporate action on food system transformation: Pages 19-22 show the indicators around food accessibility and affordability used by the World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Global Access to Nutrition Index 2021 + Methodology: The Index assesses how the world’s largest global food and beverage manufacturers contribute to addressing malnutrition in all its forms: overweight and obesity, undernutrition, and micronutrient deficiency. Category C focuses on Accessibility: Delivering affordable, accessible products. Page 51: Methodology for assessing corporate approaches to affordability.

Philanthropy and innovation funding

Ingredients, products and trends


Our Action Sprint brought valuable and cutting-edge insights from actors across the food system, which have been fed into the UN Food System dialogues. To read the full dialogue report, click here.

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