Enhancing Food Environment Assessment Tools for LMICs: Lessons from a Pilot Study in Liberia, Honduras, Nigeria, and Timor-Leste
Food environments play a significant role in shaping food purchasing and consumption behaviors, affecting diets and nutrition. Assessing food environment dimensions like food availability, price, vendor, and product properties, and marketing and regulation, helps us understand how they influence food choices. However, global development partners lack food environment assessment tools that are designed or adapted for data collection in low- and middle-income (LMIC) country contexts.
To address this gap, USAID Advancing Nutrition conducted a pilot study in four LMICs to evaluate a package of seven food environment assessments for their functionality and suitability. Working through an iterative process in Liberia, Honduras, Nigeria, and Timor-Leste, USAID Advancing Nutrition documented the experience of conducting the assessments and noted modifications to improve the assessment package. Findings will equip practitioners with refined and pilot-tested data collection tools to inform the design and implementation of market-based interventions within food systems to support healthy diets.
Join this upcoming webinar to hear from the activity team to learn more about the individual tools, and from a research partner about their experience piloting the assessments. This event will be available in English and Spanish.