Policy and Regulation

Our impact is continuously on the prevention and management of lifestyle diseases and forms the basis of national and global recommendations. Through knowledge creation on the effects of food on human health, we promote and support healthy dietary advice.


Proteos is a major research programme addressing the supply of protein for human consumption.

It is a collaboration between the Riddet Institute, Wageningen UR (Netherlands), the University of Illinois (USA) and AgroParisTech (France). The aim of the programme, funded by a consortium of food sectors through the Global Dairy Platform (USA), is to develop a global database of protein quality from multiple protein sources.

The project is based on a new methodology (DIAAS) largely developed at the Riddet Institute. Phase 1 of this programme started in 2017 and will finish in 2019. A recent publication on DIAAS can be found here

DIAAS is endorsed by the FAO –Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Nutritional Guidelines

Several of our investigators have been or are currently involved in updating nutritional guidelines both nationally and internationally. These researches include Professor Jim Mann, Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Professor Sally Poppit, Professor Elaine Rush and Distinguished Professor Paul Moughan.

One example is Professor Jim Mann’s work in New Zealand as Chair of the National Heart Foundation’s Scientific Committee. He is also on the Ministry of Health Nutrition Advisory Group and the committees, which developed guidelines for cardiovascular risk assessment, obesity management and the management of type 2 diabetes. He currently serves on the Ministry of Health National Diabetes Services Improvement Group.

Opportunities and Challenges for research and innovation on food and nutrition security and agriculture

One of the greatest challenges facing humans in the 21st century is the provision of guaranteed supply of healthy foods produced in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner for a rapidly growing world population. Science and technology will need to take centre stage to meet the demands of this formidable challenge.

The IAP reports (co-authored by Riddet Institute Fellow Laureate Distinguished Professor Paul Moughan) aims to address broad aspects of food and nutrition security both in the Asia-Pacific region, and globally. This is particularly with respect to projected future population growth and trends in under and over-nutrition.
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