Tom Randolph (ILRI) - Value Chain Drivers of Nutrition

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Tom Randolph (ILRI) - Value Chain Drivers of Nutrition

  1. 1. Value Chain Drivers of Nutrition A commodity value chain contributes just one set of nutrients in a very complex, dynamic food basketDeterminant Role of a value chainIncome  Value chain contributes to income of actors in the chain  But there may be associated nutritional & health trade-offs  Depends on sourcing strategy  Distribution of income influences willingness and ability to pay for nutritional & other attributes of a value chain productFood supply  Sourcing (type of value chain) influences quantity and responsiveness, quality, access (distribution system)  Local small-scale / domestic modern / importsFood prices  Sourcing influences prices and price variability  Policies can mitigate/exacerbate price shocks and trendsConsumer  Ultimately determines how product is usedknowledge  Variable familiarity with good practices  Market imperfections, esp. information asymmetries
  2. 2. Value Chain Drivers of Nutrition• Choice of sourcing strategy is key to nature of drivers on nutrition• Within a value chain, opportunities mainly lie around:Determinant Entry pointIncome • Promotion of pro-poor small-scale production and marketing systems to generate incomeFood supply • Enhancing nutrient quality (processing, handling techniques) • Improving productivity and distribution efficiencyFood prices • Improving productivity and distribution efficiency • Policies: social protection schemesConsumer • Social marketingknowledge • Nutrition education

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