Healthy Diets Week Twitter chat

News, 1 October 2019
Join our Twitter chat on Thursday, 10 October to discuss sustainable diets, healthy food and how people can drive food system change.

Women sell bananas at stalls at a market

IIED is inviting researchers, policymakers, practitioners and grassroots organisations to participate in an online conversation on Thursday, 10 October 2019 about healthy diets and transforming food systems through citizen engagement.

The world is producing more food than ever before, yet the current food system is unequal. More than 820 million people – one out of every nine – still suffer from chronic food deprivation, while at the same time obesity is on the rise among children and adults, particularly among marginalised groups.

Urban areas are facing increasing food insecurity and malnutrition and unhealthy diets have become a leading risk factor for disease and death worldwide. Getting food on the table in cities is the theme of the next edition of Environment & Urbanization, that will be launched on World Food Day on 16 October.

Food systems must shift from simply producing food to providing sustainable and healthy diets for all and addressing all parts of the food system. IIED has worked with Hivos and others through the Sustainable Diets for All programme to document the problems and find solutions for improving access to sustainable, affordable, diverse and nutritious foods for all.

This year, World Food Day will promote healthy diets, and IIED and Hivos will host a ‘Healthy Diets Week’ between 14 and 18 October to highlight the contribution of sustainable diets to transforming local and national food systems.

On Thursday, 10 October from 2-3pm (BST), IIED will host a Twitter chat to stimulate dialogue and debate around healthy diets and the need to transform our food systems to tackle the worsening nutrition crisis. In order to kickstart the conversation, IIED will tweet out a series of key questions and invite responses. The chat questions will be tweeted from IIED's Twitter account, @IIED.

Share, comment and get involved

To join the Twitter chat, follow #HealthyDietsWeek on Twitter from 2-3pm (BST) on 10 October.

The questions we will be asking will be:

  1. What does eating a healthy, sustainable diet mean to you?
  2. What challenges do people living in poverty – especially those living in urban areas – face in accessing healthy, safe and sustainable food?
  3. What policies can best support traditional food markets and traders to improve the quality and range of foods they offer?
  4. Is diversifying what we grow and eat important? Why? What makes it possible/difficult?
  5. Getting people to change their eating habits is not easy. What examples are there of this?
  6. How may citizens themselves drive food systems change from the bottom up? 

New to Twitter chats?

For people who are not familiar with Twitter chats, IIED has published a Twitter chat best practices guide (PDF).

Read more about sustainable diets

News: The Bolivian diet: women’s voices and choices (March 2019)

Blog: Cooking for our future, by Carmen Torres (February 2019)


Anne Schulthess (, marketing manager in IIED's Communications Group

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