Business and Nutrition: What’s possible? What isn’t?

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Donor agencies, governments and corporations are looking to mobilise businesses in the global campaign to reduce undernutrition. Involving the private sector in “nutrition sensitive” development is seen as key to sustaining progress in the long run. Food and agriculture are at the centre of these efforts. But how can food businesses contribute, and why aren’t they doing so already? Drawing on evidence from Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania, this seminar examines why food markets often fail to provide nutrient-rich foods to the people most in need. It looks at several policy responses to these problems and asks what has made these efforts succeed or fail. These experiences suggest that policy change and public action are key if businesses are to play a role in tackling undernutrition.

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Business and Nutrition: What’s possible? What isn’t?

  1. 1. Business and Nutrition: What’s possible? What isn’t? John Humphrey Ewan Robinson 1
  2. 2. Outline • Intro • Business and development • Business ecosystem issues • Case studies • Conclusion 2
  3. 3. Introduction • Why food and nutrition? • Why businesses? 3
  4. 4. A framework for Business and Development 4
  5. 5. Business Ecosystem constraints 5
  6. 6. Inputs Farm production Processing ConsumersRetailingDistribution 6
  7. 7. Regulation / Market Order Inputs Farm production Processing ConsumersRetailingDistribution Price and quality Signalling Reaching the poor Low awareness Business ecosystem constraints 7
  8. 8. Case studies 8
  9. 9. Non-profit Distribution 9
  10. 10. Regulation / Market OrderRegulation / Market Order Inputs Farm production Processing ConsumersRetailingDistribution Price and quality Signalling Low awareness Non-profit distribution (i.e. RUTF) Reaching the poor Reaching the poor 10
  11. 11. Regulation / Market OrderRegulation / Market Order Commercial Distribution Inputs Farm production Processing ConsumersRetailingDistribution Price and quality Signalling Reaching the poor Reaching the poor Low awareness 11
  12. 12. Mandatory Fortification 12
  13. 13. Regulation / Market OrderRegulation / Market Order Inputs Farm production Processing ConsumersRetailingDistribution Price and quality Signalling Low awareness Mandatory Fortification Reaching the poor Reaching the poor 13
  14. 14. Mandatory Fortification Dangote Flour Mills, Lagos, Nigeria http://dangote.com/ourbrands/flour 14
  15. 15. Farm Production 15
  16. 16. Regulation / Market Order Inputs Farm production Processing ConsumersRetailingDistribution Price and quality Signalling Reaching the poor Low awareness Price and quality Farm Production 16
  17. 17. Inputs Farm production Processing Price and quality Price and quality Farm Production 17
  18. 18. Regulation / Market Order Inputs Farm production Processing ConsumersRetailingDistribution Price and quality Signalling Price and quality Signalling Reaching the poor Low awareness Reaching the poor Low awareness Farm Production 18
  19. 19. Complementary Foods 19
  20. 20. 20
  21. 21. Complementary Foods in Tanzania 21 Product Price per kg Maize flour 1,000 Domestic flour mix 3,000 Domestic fortified flour 5,000 Multinational 13-20,000
  22. 22. Concluding thoughts 22
  23. 23. Questions? 23

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