- About Us
The Global Dietary Database (GDD) aims to perform novel research and translation on global dietary intakes, diet-related disease burdens, and evidence-based policy actions to create a healthier, equitable, and more sustainable food supply. To leverage this work and maximize its impact, the GDD is establishing partnerships with key organizations around the world. These relationships enable GDD and its partners to synchronize and expand their international networks, leverage and establish frameworks for joint research, projects, and programs and together disseminate findings to a wide range of relevant stakeholders, including researchers, advocacy groups, governments, non-governmental organizations, and funders.
In 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University established a framework for collaboration focused on methods and approaches for harmonizing individual-level dietary data using international standards (FoodEx2 developed by EFSA). Through this partnership, we will jointly facilitate harmonization of dietary datasets on a global scale, public (open-access) dissemination of methods and dietary datasets, and global collaboration and capacity development with dietary data owners worldwide.
FAO has a key mandate to collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate information relating to nutrition, food, and agriculture. In support of this mandate, FAO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international partners are developing the Global Individual Food consumption data Tool (FAO/WHO GIFT). This tool aims to collect, harmonize and publicly disseminate data on individual food consumption, and compute specific indicators on nutrition, food safety and environmental impact of food consumption at national and subnational levels through an FAO-hosted web platform.
In 2018, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) established a collaboration to develop and adapt procedures for the implementation of FoodEx2, EFSA’s food classification and description system, in select dietary datasets within the Global Dietary Database (GDD). EFSA developed FoodEx2 with the view to enhance the quality of standardised global dietary data by facilitating data sharing and exchange, promoting the development of international collaborative platforms, and fostering data re-use and innovation.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is an independent agency funded by the European Union, which provides independent scientific advice and communicates clearly on existing and emerging risks related to the food chain. It was officially established in January 2002, following a series of food crises that occurred in the late 1990s. The Authority's principle of action is based on close collaboration and sharing of knowledge with the EU Member States and with many other scientific organisations worldwide.