Local, Continental, and Global Food Systems Stakeholders to Discuss Africa’s Food Environments Transformation at FERN2021

Local, continental, and global food systems stakeholders will deliberate on African food environments and food systems at the 2nd Africa Food Environment Research Network (FERN) Meeting, to be held virtually on the 3rd, 10th, and 17th November 2021. The 2nd FERN meeting, dubbed #FERN2021, will build on the progress made from the first meeting, and leverage […]

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Diverse stakeholders at a UN Food Systems independent dialogue propose new and innovative ways to transform the African food systems

On May 26, 2021, a United Nations Food Systems Summit Independent Dialogue was convened by the Measurement, Evaluation, Accountability, and Leadership Support for NCDs Prevention (MEALS4NCDs) Project/African Food Environment Research Network (FERN) in collaboration with some key stakeholders in the African region: African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Réseaude Recherchesurles Politiquesetles Systèmes Alimentairesen Afriquedel’Ouest […]

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Professor Mary R. L’ABBÉ

Mary L’Abbé, CM, PhD has been selected as one of the 15 Fellows of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), Class of 2021 Fellows. This is the highest honour ASN bestows, recognizing individuals for distinguished careers in the field of nutrition. As an expert in public health nutrition, nutrition policy, and food and nutrition regulations, […]

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MEALS4NCDs Project and partners to organise United Nations Food Systems (UNFSS) Dialogue

The Measurement, Evaluation, Accountability and Leadership Support for NCDs prevention Project (MEALS4NCDs Project),  the African Food Environment Research Network (FERN) and other African Regional Actors (including  the African Population and Health Research Center, Réseau de Recherche sur les Politiques et les Systèmes Alimentaires en Afrique de l’Ouest”, African Nutrition Society, Federation of African Nutrition Societies, Coalition of […]

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Could food-related health taxes change food choices in Ghana?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect every corner of the globe, researchers have uncovered evidence about the routes of transmission, virulence, and short- and long-term consequences for those infected. Some of the major findings in COVID-19 research were around pre-existing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, and hypertension. Scientists found […]

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Launch of the “1St Africa Food Environment Research Network (FERN) Nov 3, 2020

The MEALS4NCDs Project, presently being implemented by the University of Ghana, in collaboration with the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya, National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), France, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and the Scientific Institute of Public […]

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Food parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Childhood overweight and obesity have increased globally over the past two decades1. Such increases have been linked to the consumption of unhealthy diets, physical inactivity or sedentary lifestyles2.  Environmental conditions characterising neighbourhoods, homes and institutions like schools can moderate such behavioural factors2. During the school term, children spend a considerable amount of time (approximately seven […]

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The COVID-19 Pandemic: potential long-term impacts on the nutritional status of Ghanaian children

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has halted social and economic activities across much of the world. As of 09 April 2020, over one million COVID-19 cases have been recorded worldwide, and about 23% (336,780) of these have recovered. Sadly, about 6% (89,435) have died from the virus or related complications.1 Africa was the last continent […]

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Important Notice! FERN 2020 Meeting: COVID-19 Alert

The MEALS4NCDs Project is closely monitoring developments of the current global COVID-19 pandemic to determine how it may impact the FERN 2020 Meeting scheduled for September 1st to 2nd 2020 in Accra, Ghana. As a result of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases the host country (Ghana), the government of Ghana has placed temporary bans […]

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Food Environment Research

Call for Applications The MEALS4NCDs Project, led by the University of Ghana is pleased to invite applications from uniquely qualified individuals to fill one vacant Postdoctoral Fellowship position. The two-year fellowship, beginning April 2020 will be tenable at the University of Ghana School of Public Health. The Project is a collaboration funded by The International Development Research […]

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