We developed the NOURISHING framework to highlight where governments need to take action to promote healthy diets and reduce overweight and obesity.
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Policies within this category aim to harness the whole food system, and the sectors which influence it, to ensure coherence with healthy eating. This is because the food system, and the policies that affect it, influence our food environment.
What our food industry produces is in part a response to incentives in the supply chain. Sectors outside of health influence our ability to take policy action. Likewise, if governments implement policies contained in NOURISHING, they have repercussions upstream for the actors and activities in food systems. This wider relationship to the food supply chain presents an opportunity to support all the policies in NOURISHING with actions in the food supply chain.
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In 2007, the City of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe launched the Bulawayo Urban Agriculture Policy to support and promote urban agriculture as an instrument to improve nutrition and health, poverty alleviation and promote social inclusion. The City Council ensures land is accessible, available and suitable for urban agriculture by negotiating with private landowners for the use of their land and preventing soil erosion in sensitive areas. The Council charges a nominal fee to the farmers for the use of the private land. The Council encourages the production of balanced nutritional diets and herbs, especially among the subsistence sectors and vulnerable groups, such as women, orphans and the elderly. In addition, farmers decide which diverse and local staple foods are produced and consumed at a subsistence level.