Prefinal interactive evidence and gap map linking food security and nutrition to mental health
26 May 2021
MHWG prefinal map announcement


Welcome to our interactive Evidence and Gap Map (EGM) of empirical research linking all types of food security and nutrition to mental health. This map was created by the ANH Academy Mental Health Working Group, led by the Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) Programme, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, together with the Global Mental Health Lab, Teachers College, Columbia University.

This is a PREFINAL MAP and there are currently almost 1900 studies mapped here. We would like to open this project for consultation and feedback, which will inform our final map. If you have any questions, requests, or comments, please write to us: [email protected]. We have two versions of this map – one segmented by population type, and one by study design. Which do you prefer and why?

Explore the maps now:

In this map, you can explore different types of evidence: you can take a broad overview when the map is collapsed; or you can open out columns and rows with the arrows, roll over cells to see a summary of studies in each cell; or you can click on each cell to open a bibliography (which can be downloaded as an RIS file). 

You can also use the ‘Filters’ tab on the upper left to explore the many different aspects of this body of research. For example, you could choose the types of study designs that you want to explore by selecting these (or unselecting those you wish to exclude). You could also select and unselect the types of mental health measures you wish to see in the map. Or you can limit the map by geopolitical zones – income classification, regions, or specific countries!

We hope that this map is a useful tool to navigate this diverse and rapidly-growing body of evidence – and that it will lead to strategic and improved inquiry into this important subject!

Thanks to the fantastic group of Global Mental Health Lab and LSHTM screeners and coders who made the map possible! Contributors: Megan Deeney, Zhuozhi Lin, Xuerui Han, Chiara Lier, Maria Palar, Lambert Felix, Venus Mahmoodi, Vildana Hodzic, Pema Payang, Eliot Golden, Justine Wright and Srishti Sardana.


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Muhammad Sakhawat

19 Jul 2021
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