Centre for Chronic Disease Control
SHEFS work in India is led by the Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC), New Delhi, and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore.
CCDC is an academic health research organization driven by a passion to promote and protect human health in India and the world at large. CCDC has been recognized as a Centre of Excellence in Clinical Research by the Clinical Development Service Agency (CDSA), Department of Biotechnology, Government of India; as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and by the WHO as Collaborating Centre for Surveillance, Capacity building and Translational Research in Cardio-Metabolic Diseases.
Under SHEFS CCDC’s work encompasses health, nutrition and agriculture domains. Activities such as photovoice, comprehensive dietary survey, farmer survey, stakeholder interviews align with the SHEFS Theory of Change activities – understanding policy environment and engaging stakeholders, analyzing diets and health, quantifying the food system interactions and analyzing agriculture and livelihoods. Apart from this CCDC is helping the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) implement the Food Safety Standards Authority of India’s policy initiative i.e. Eat Right Cities. CCDC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the GVMC. This provides an opportunity to bridge the policy-implementation gap. The evidence generated through the aforementioned activities and policy implementation is expected to contribute substantially to shaping the food systems locally and nationally.