Conceptualizing the Double Burden of Malnutrition in Peru

Nutrition has long been a public health challenge in Peru.  While there has been success in reducing the prevalence of stunting, undernutrition remains largely unaddressed in Peru, while at the same time current food systems are driving increasing levels of over-nutrition. A research collaboration of CRONICAS (Centro de Excelencia de Enfermedades Crónicas), Imperial College London, Universidad de los Andes, and University of York, is teaming with the Social System Design Lab to incorporate community-based system dynamics into their process of understanding the complex double burden of malnutrition in various regions across Peru. The CBSD elements of the research are divided into three phases: a CBSD Training & Design Seminar with the research team in Peru, the development of conceptual simulation models, and the design and facilitation support for community-based workshops in multiple regions of Peru.  

Project Goals

  • Map the drivers of the food system that contribute to the double burden of malnutrition in three diverse regions in Peru using a CBSD approach.
  • Identify policies and interventions that could effectively address the double burden of malnutrition through changes in the food system and quantify their impacts.
  • Prioritize identified policies and interventions and actively disseminate recommendations.