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Current Projects


EAT-Lancet 2.0 Commission

Identifying just transformations that can be a triple-win in terms of access to healthy and sustainable diets, opportunities to benefit from resources and assets and reduced environmental burdens.


A Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils

Exploring the most nutritious traditional and Indigenous crops in each of the African Union's five subregions, to assess the expected challenges posed to those crops by climate change.


Lancet Haematology Commission

How to create enabling environments at the global, national and local level to sustain political momentum towards anemia-related Sustainable Development Goal and World Health Assembly targets.


Food Systems Countdown Initiative

Developing a systematic, transparent, and replicable method for assessing performance of food systems indicators is necessary to generate actions and decisions on where and how to intervene in food systems to improve planetary health

Evidence Synthesis

Evidence Syntheses

Leading systematic reviews commissioned by Cochrane Collaboration, The Lancet and UN agencies on a variety of topics in planetary health, global health and public health.

Food systems

  • Improving universal access to planetary health diets, within planetary boundaries, while advancing justice

  • Effectiveness of food environments interventions to improve nutritional status of school-aged children and adolescents in low- and middle- income countries

  • School food and nutrition policies, programs and interventions in Canada

Health systems

  • Integrating nutrition in health systems interventions in conflict-affected settings in low- and middle- income countries

  • Pivoting school health and nutrition programs during crises

  • Care for small-for-gestational age neonates

  • Zinc supplementation in pregnancy

  • Efficacy of double-fortified salt

  • Developmental origins of health and disease on nutrition in adolescence

  • Effectiveness of universal health, screen time and physical activity interventions in children and adolescents globally

  • Prevalence of mental health disorders in children and adolescents globally

Empirical and Analytical

Developing and validating methods, and metrics for monitoring and evaluating food systems, diets and nutrition.

  • Exploring the retail food environment in Matiari, Pakistan

  • Identifying data gaps in nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive policies, programs and interventions in South Asia

  • Developing a systematic, transparent, and replicable method for assessing performance of food systems indicators with the Food Systems Countdown Initiative

  • Examining various relationships and geographic trends between climate and dietary diversity of women in eight low- and middle- income countries 

Implementation and Capacity Building

Contributing to international health policy and practice to integrate nutrition to promote universal health in low- and middle- income countries, particularly during crises.

  • Online course development

  • Developing health facility and community health worker training programs (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania) in collaboration with East, Central, Southern African Health Community blended nutrition workshops in Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Indonesia and Panama alongside International Pediatric Association

  • Hosting blended nutrition workshops in Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Indonesia and Panama alongside International Pediatric Association

  • Conducting implementation research in Ethiopia and Cambodia in partnership with local meteorological services, communities and public health nutrition practitioners that aims to tailor climate information services to local needs to ensure that nutrition and health programs are better equipped to strengthen the resilience of climate-vulnerable communities


Carducci B, Kidd E, Dominguez G, Oh C, Jain R, Khan A and Bhutta ZA. School Food Environment and Nutrition Policies, Programs and Interventions in Canada: A Systematic Review. Nutrition Reviews. 2024:nuae030.


Carducci B, Dominguez G, Kidd E, Janes K, Owais A and Bhutta ZA. Pivoting School Health and Nutrition Programs During COVID-19 in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: A Scoping Review. Journal of Global Health. Journal of Global Health; 2024;14:05006.

Carducci B, Jagermyer J, Ruane A and Fanzo J. Rising to the Challenge: Producing and Sustaining a Nutrient-Dense and Climate-Resilient Food Basket for All. One Earth. 2023.

Neupane S, Jangid M, Scott SP, Kim SS, Murira Z, Heidkamp R, Carducci B, and Menon P. Availability of National Policies, Programs, and Survey-based Coverage Data to Track Nutrition Interventions in South Asia. Maternal and Child Nutrition 2023; e13555.

Fanzo J, McLaren R, Bellows A, and Carducci B. The Challenges and Opportunities of Increasing the Effectiveness of Food Reformulation and Fortification for Improved Dietary and Nutrition Outcomes. Food Policy. 2023;119: 102515.

Rockstrom J., Thilsted S., Willett W., Gordon L., Herrero M., Agustina R., Covic N., Forouhi N.G., Hicks C., Fano J., Kebreab E., Kremen C., Laxminarayan R., Marteau T., Monteiro C., Njuki J., Rivera J.A., Springmann M., Pan A., Pan W.H., Rao N., van Vuuren D., Vermeulen S., Webb P., Carducci B., Conti C., D’Croz D.M., Milutinovic S., DeClerck F. EAT-Lancet 2.0: Securing a Just Transformation to Healthy, Environmentally Sustainable Diets for All. Lancet Planetary Health. 2023;402(10399):352-54.

Harrison L, Carducci B, Klein J and Bhutta ZA. Indirect effects of COVID-19 on child and adolescent mental health: an overview of systematic reviews. BMJ Global Health. 2022;7:e010713.

Kalbarczyk A, Aberman N-L, van Asperen BSM, Morgan R, Bhutta Z, Carducci B, Heidkamp R, Osendarp S, Kumar N, Lartey A, Malapit H, Quisumbing A, and Fabrizio C. COVID-19, Nutrition, and Gender: An Evidence-informed Approach to Gender-Responsive Policies and Programs. Soc Sci Med. 2022;312:115364.

Carducci B, Wasan Y, Shakeel A, Hussain A, Baxter J, Rizvi A, Soofi S and Bhutta ZA. Characterizing Retail Food Environments in Peri-Urban Pakistan during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2022; 19(14): 8614.


Vaivada T, Lassi ZS, Irfan O, Salam RS, Das JK, Oh C, Carducci B, Jain R, Als D, Sharma N, Keats EC, Patton GC, Kruk ME, Black RE, and Bhutta ZA. What Can Work and How? An Overview of Evidence-based Interventions and Delivery Strategies to Support Health and Human Development from Before Conception to 20 years. The Lancet. 2022;399(10337):1810 - 1829.

Oh C, Carducci B, Vaivada T and Bhutta ZA. Digital Interventions for Universal Health Promotion in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2022; 149 (Supplement 6): e2021053852H.


Carducci B, Oh, C., Roth, D.E. et al. Gaps and Priorities in Assessment of Food Environments for Children and Adolescents in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Nature Food. 2021;2: 396–403.


Carducci B, Keats EC, Ruel M, Haddad L, Osendarp S and Bhutta ZA. Food Systems, Diets and Nutrition in the Wake of COVID-19. Nature Food. 2021;2: 68-70.


Carducci B, Oh C, and Bhutta ZA. Addressing Hidden Hunger in School-aged Children and Adolescents within the Context of the Food System. In Biesalski HK (ed): Hidden Hunger and the Transformation of Food Systems. How to Combat the Double Burden of Malnutrition? World Rev Nutr Diet. Basel, Karger, 2020, vol 121.

Carducci B, Oh C, Keats EC, Roth D, Bhutta ZA. Effect of Food Environment Interventions on Diet-related Health Outcomes in School-age Children and Adolescents in Low- and Middle- Income Countries. Current Developments in Nutrition. 2020; 4(7):nzaa098.

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