Nutrition sensitive value chains: Theory, progress, and open questions

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Summer Allen and Alan de Brauw
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Nutrition in value chains
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Nutrition sensitive value chains: Theory, progress, and open questions


The second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenges the world to achieve food security and improve nutrition by 2030 but food insecurity and micronutrient deficiencies remain stubbornly high and rates of overweight and obesity are rising throughout the world. To attain SDG 2, food systems must deliver more nutritious food to populations. For food systems to do so, value chains for micronutrient-rich foods must be improved, making such foods more available and affordable to consumers. This paper took a consumer focus on the value chains to consider the types of interventions that could lead to improved intakes of micronutrient-rich foods, and reviewed the present literature on the types of value chain assessments, interventions, and initiatives that are attempting to improve nutrition as well as potential future directions. 


This paper aims to discuss theoretical rationale for the triple burden of malnutrition, to describe how value chains can play a role in reducing malnutrition, and to discuss the nascent literature and in particular knowledge gaps.

This paper presents a simple model to illustrate how the triple burden of malnutrition arises, that and argues that agricultural value chains are potentially an important tool to reduce all three forms of malnutrition. 

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First released on: 
Friday, July 28, 2017
Last version on: 
Friday, July 28, 2017
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Target audience: 
Development practitioner