EAT progress report 2014-2015
Published June 23, 2015
Since its inception in early 2013, the EAT initiative has continued to champion the urgent need to collectively address the highly intertwined issues of food, health and sustainability across academia, politics, civil society and businesses. From its international launch at the inaugural annual EAT Stockholm Food Forum in May 2014, EAT has gradually expanded its global network and initiated several research and policy collaborations with its partners. Below is an overview of EAT’s activities in research, policy and partner engagement over the past 12 months.
A core objective has been to establish a global consortium of influential stakeholders spanning across all sectors and disciplines involved in the food value chain. The EAT consortium currently consists of over 60 partners from the world of business, academia, civil society and media. While EAT has galvanized noticeable support in the Scandinavian region, particularly in Norway and Sweden, a considerable amount of effort is required to have a meaningful impact in other regions of the world. Hence, EAT is building its network with world leading: universities, NGO’s and civil society organisations. Over the course of the year an array of new and exciting partners have joined the EAT Initiative including: JUCCCE, Norwegian Research Council, DNB, Cermaq, Fazer, Nestlé, SEB, Swedish Postcode Lottery, Norwegian Seafood Council, the Norwegian Research Council, Medicon Village and NIFES.
EAT’s Advisory Board currently consists of 31 world leading authorities and champions in their respective fields. These members lead academic institutions and organizations such as UN World Food Programme, World Economic Forum, Google Inc., Harvard, The Lancet, Berkley, UCL, New York Academy of Sciences, CGIAR and Norwegian Institute for Public Health. For a full list of Advisory Board Members klick here.
Throughout the course of the year, EAT has conducted multiple national, regional and global EATx events. These are outreach events that facilitate stakeholder engagement and collaboration in national, regional and global level. Last year these included:
- EATx Arendalsuka (Norway)
- EATx Almedalsveckan (Sweden)
- EATx UN General Assembly (UNHQ, Global)
- EATx Middle East and North Africa (United Arab Emirates, Regional).
EAT is currently preparing for two upcoming EATx events:
- EATx Cali (CIAT, Colombia)
- EATx Post-2015 Summit (UNHQ, Global).
Together with the Norwegian Football Association and Bama, EAT launched EAT MOVE SLEEP; a collaborative project to inspire a healthier lifestyle through increased focus on fruit and vegetables in the overall diet together with physical activity and sleep.
EAT has put in place a broad and ambitious research agenda with a ten-year time line to drive primary and secondary research in the food, health and sustainability interface. The research team has created a thematic research agenda that is organized under seven broad research themes.
Three research themes have been prioritized for deployment in 2015-2016 (with Advisory Committees and Theme Champions)
- Research Theme 1: Metrics for healthy and sustainable food
- Research Theme 6: Multifunctional landscapes and seascapes (second priority)
- Research Theme 4: Consumer behavior and Choices.
Under these research themes, an array of projects – some of which have already been initiated- have been put forward.
- Research theme 1, 4 and 6: Scoping and initial assessment-including several expert workshops.
- Collaborative project with Chatham House and Norwegian academic partners on evaluating interventions to influence healthy and sustainable diets.
- EAT at Sustainia: A project between Sustainia and EAT on co-creating solutions for addressing the triple helix of food, health and sustainability.
EAT Policy Engagement
2015 marks a critical year in global governance as some of the most important global policy processes come to a conclusion. EAT has placed a particular emphasis on strengthening the science-policy interface and has thus initiated several projects, particularly in the context of post-2015 sustainable development agenda:
- Formulation of indicator recommendations on sustainable diets for the Sustainable Development Goals framework.
- An Annual EAT Thematic Report on the state of the global food system and diets.
- Global Database on Food Systems and Diets.
EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2015
The EAT Stockholm Food Forum took place on June 1st-2nd 2015. Over the course of two days, 450 delegates from 31 countries discussed the issues related to the global food system, such as the double burden of malnutrition; persisting under nutrition and hunger; the epidemics of obesity and non-communicable diseases; and the drivers and outcomes of climate change. Ten expert breakout sessions (Competence Forums) were held during the forum to gather relevant stakeholders to draw a collective road map for advancing on-going projects and formulating recommendations and outcomes on key issues cross-cutting food, health and sustainability.