Value Chains for Nutrition

  • Date Posted: August 8, 2011
  • Authors: Corinna Hawkes, Marie T. Ruel
  • Organizations/Projects: International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Document Types: Case Study or Vignette, Other
  • Donor Type: Non-Governmental Organization

Value Chains and Nutrition provides an important overview of the theoretical and actual application of the value chain approach to improving nutrition.  It outlines the pathways through which the two can interact, and then summarizes eight case studies in which value chain-related initiatives have addressed nutrition.

While the document notes that there are few existing examples that exist and that none of the examples measured the nutritional impacts of their food security interventions, the case studies nevertheless help to inform the paper and suggest what may be promising approaches.  From these cases, a series of nine principles are synthesized to guide practitioners.