Growth is Good, but is Not Enough to Improve Nutrition

  • Date Posted: April 6, 2011
  • Authors: Olivier Ecker, Clemens Breisinger, Karl Pauw
  • Organizations/Projects: International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Document Types: Case Study or Vignette
  • Donor Type: Non-Governmental Organization

This brief of a longer paper presents several important findings of relevance to value chain programs.  First, work in the agricultural sector will have a greater impact on nutrition at higher levels of poverty but becomes less important as it declines, when the development of other sectors will be more important to nutritional gains.  Second, economic growth alone is insufficient to address all aspects of child malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.  Examples of Malawi and Yemen illustrate how the development of agricultural value chains that would be appropriate in the former case would have little impact on nutrition in the latter.