Food Environments Working Group


The ANH Food Environment Working Group (ANH-FEWG) brings together food environment experts to review and synthesise working definitions, key concepts, methodological approaches and current research gaps. The Working Group aims to provide a platform of consensus to guide and accelerate food environment research in low and middle income countries (LMICs).


In September 2018, the Food Environment Working Group published a perspectives paper in the journal Global Food Security. Building on 2017's widely utilised technical brief and framework, he paper synthesises food environment literature in order to frame the Group's critical perspectives, and introduces a new definition and updated conceptual framework that includes external and personal domains and dimensions within the wider food environment construct. The paper concludes by discussing implications for future research in LMICs.

Key papers:

Uptake of the FEWG framework:

FEWG at the Royal Geographical Society’s Annual International Conference, 2017

Chris Turner presents at the Royal Geographical Society at RGS2017.

In September 2017 Chris Turner presented at the session ‘Food in Urban Africa: Nutrition and Governance’. The presentation showcased content from the Technical Brief 'Concepts and methods for food environment research in low and middle income countries' and concluded with the premier of the Working Group’s video animation.

FEWG at the ANH Academy Week in Addis Ababa, 2016

Chris Turner leads the Food Environment Working Group session at ANH2016.

In June 2016 Chris Turner led a Food Environment Working Group session at the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy Week in Addis Ababa. Details of this session and other proceedings from the week can be found in the official ANH Academy Week report.


  • Chris Turner, PhD Candidate, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Suneetha Kadiyala, Associate Professor of Nutrition Sensitive Development, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Group members:

  • Adam Drewnowski, Professor & Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition and the Center for Obesity Research, University of Washington
  • Anna Herforth, Independent consultant specialising in nutrition and food security
  • Anju Aggarwal, Nutritional Epidemiologist, University of Washington
  • Corinna Hawkes, Professor of Food Policy, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City University, London
  • Helen Walls, Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Jennifer Coates, Associate Professor of Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Sofia Kalamatianou, Research Assistant, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

See some of their ANH Academy member profiles below:

Group Members
Ag2Nut Community of Practice, Harvard School of Public Health, Wageningen University & Research
Food Environment Technical Brief