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INFORMAS: International Network for Food and Obesity/NCDs Research Monitoring and Action Support


The INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/NCDs Research Monitoring and Action Support) monitoring platform, founded in 2013, collaborates with researchers and local stakeholders to measure a set of upstream indicators and identify key priorities for policy implementation. INFORMAS has a large network (50 countries), but currently focuses exclusively on obesity/chronic disease policies and food environments at the national level.
This research tracks common underlying factors of obesity, undernutrition and climate change.

INFORMAS plans to expand to:
    - incorporate sustainability indicators of food and nutrition policy implementation for public sector actors and assess food environments,
    - include municipalities/cities, in addition to national governments.

Specific objectives of the project:
    - Define and monitor priority actions for public actors (at the municipal and national level) for healthy and sustainable food systems
    - Adapt and strengthen public sector protocols for food system sustainability through pilot testing in a range of national and municipal jurisdictions in West African countries.


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


2021 - 2024


Sciensano – Stefanie Vandevijvere (main researcher on the project)


Healthy and sustainable food systems, obesity, undernutrition, climate change, public policies.


Celia Burgaz Andrés - PhD candidate
Prof. Wouter Achten - supervisor
Solène Sureau

Updated on September 8, 2022