Value chains for nutrition
byAmy Margolies
Academy Week Learning Lab
| Nutrition, Public Health
Date and Time
From: 10 July 2017, 10:30
To: 10 July 2017, 12:00
BST British Summer Time GMT+1:00
Country: Nepal
Open Full Event ANH 2017 Kathmandu


Full Title

What role for the public and private sector to deliver nutrient-rich foods and improve the diets of vulnerable consumer groups and how? 

Session Overview

Malnutrition is a central and persistent challenge for global development. There is increasing interest in engaging the private sector to improve diets, albeit with few successful examples. Challenges which prevent nutritious foods from reaching poorest and most vulnerable cannot be addressed by an individual business or value chain, but rather related to the market system more broadly, and will only be successfully addressed by taking a market systems approach. Over the last years, LANSA and IMMANA VCN project has been researching the role that the private sector can and should have in delivering high-quality nutritious foods to nutritionally vulnerable populations and how to create an appropriate institutional environment that shapes the market to effectively deliver nutritious foods to vulnerable target groups. In this session, participants will engage with real case studies developed by LANSA from South Asia to understand the different pathways through which private sector can deliver nutrient-rich foods and potentially improve diets, the most common challenges faced by private sector organizations, and explore potential solutions. 

Learning Objectives/Outcomes

  • How can a practitioner assess the key challenges faced by agri food value chains and identify entry points for interventions, both from a consumer and a supply perspective? 
  • What are the common challenges and how can successful interventions most effectively address these? 
  • Which types of market-based intervention offer the greatest prospects to achieve substantive and sustained consumption of nutrient-dense foods and improve diets of the poor at scale and in what contexts? 

Target Audience

Policy makers, private sector, practitioners, researchers 


Brief presentation on the diagnostics and the results from our work (pathways to deliver nutrition, key challenges faced by business, common solutions) and an overview of a conceptual framework (key questions to consider) (15 minutes) 

Participants will be broken into groups and use real case studies to work through the framework, nutrition impact pathways  and challenges in an applied way illustrating the different agri food chains for private sector interventions - including large scale mandatory fortification, small scale fortification, public-private partnerships, social enterprises (30-40 minutes) 

After the group work, each team will share the various challenges and opportunities (15 minutes) and we will facilitate a debate (20 minutes) 

Level & Prerequisites 

No prerequisite needed 

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