Seminar 'How can we make food value chains more nutrition sensitive?'

How can various actors along the value chain work effectively to deliver safe and nutritious foods to those most vulnerable to mal nutrition? While globally more than enough food is produced to meet the world's energy needs, malnutrition in all its forms remains an unsolved global challenge. Progress towards addressing nutritional challenges is not progressing quickly enough to meet global targets.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Wed 23 January 2019 09:00 to 14:00

Venue Impulse, gebouwnummer 115
Room Speakers' corner

Value chains can be a useful analytical frame to consider how markets can improve diets and dietary intake. Using a value chain framework we are able to consider the entire food chain- from primary producers to the consumer considering various institutions which impact the value chain.

In order to achieve improved nutritional intake, food must meet five conditions, food must:

  1. meet safety standards containing a constant level of nutrients throughout the value chain
  2. reach the most vulnerable segments of society at risk of malnutrition (pregnant and lactating women and children under two), be consumed in adequate quantities and must be properly absorbed by the body
  3. be accessible to the poor
  4. be adapted to local consumers in terms of taste, texture, preparation time and, finally
  5. be affordable.

Although the conditions to improving nutrient intakes for are well established, meeting those conditions presents a number of key challenges for business and private sector actors working along the value chain. Within this complex space, how can we improve intake as a part of an overall comprehensive strategy to improve overall health and well-being?

This seminar provides an opportunity for participants of the Market Access for Food Security (MAfFS) course, students from Wageningen University & Research, stakeholders from government, civil society and businesses to (re)consider nutrition throughout the value chain and try to apply value chain concepts to real-world case studies as well as discuss how economics models can help to address these challenges.

09:15 Opening and welcome
09:30 Introduction programme and participants
10:00 Presentations:
Kat Pittore (Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, NL)
Mona Dhamankar, (Royal Tropical Institute)
Prof. Albert Modi, (University of KwaZulu Natal, SA)
Jan Helder, (Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, NL)
11:00 Explanation of option for group work
11:15 Short break
11:30 Group work
12:15 Presentations of group work
12:45 Reflections and agenda setting
13:00 Closure
13:15 Networking lunch
14:00 Finish