Food Systems For Nutrition Innovation Lab

FSN-IL Activity Domains

The three main FSN-IL activities, all intendended to achieve long-term development impacts among host country beneficiaries, are elaborated below. 

Research For Development

Our R4D activities are focused on identifying, adapting, testing, and disseminating context-specific and proven technologies and practices to enhance the nutrition sensitivity and resilience of food systems value chains. Employing a multi-stage research approach, we will identify on-the-shelf food systems innovations and stakeholders to target priority issues, generate rigorous evidence, assess potential adoption and scaling constraints, and disseminate findings to a wide global audience to support nutrition-sensitive programs and policies. Our key research areas include food safety and storage innovations, diet quality of women and girls, drivers of consumption choice by low-income consumers, understanding risks associated with climate change and the need for resilience.

Capacity Building

The human and institutional capacity development activities that FSN-IL will undertake in its focus countries are aimed at addressing the needs of current and future researchers, policymakers, and private sector actors. With support from in-country experts, FSN-IL will identify and support appropriate regional and country-level activities, such as online learning modules/degree and non-degree courses, workshops on research methods or needs assessments, short-and long-term training opportunities, travel fellowships supporting focus country nationals at research conferences, and food system leadership training for policymakers and parliamentarians.

Stakeholder Engagement

FSN-IL will work with a wide range of food system stakeholders to identify innovations with potential to make real cost-effective impacts on nutrition. To support faster uptake and scaling of food systems innovations, FSN-IL will engage with private sector hubs and business associations that link suppliers, retail competitors, regulators, and other influential market stakeholders. Findings of our work will be distilled and packaged for non-research audiences, including businesses, development partners, public extensions systems, and other donors