Value Chains

A4NH aims to provide the actors who take part in key agricultural value chains with the evidence, knowledge, and technologies they need to improve the nutrition and health of poor people while meeting other agricultural and socio-economic performance criteria. A4NH focuses on two informal and emerging nutrition-sensitive value chains important to poor people: value chains for nutrient-rich foods and value chains for improving the nutrition of staple foods. Value chains for nutrient-rich foods include fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, milk and eggs—as well as traditional and local foods—that are critical for improving nutrition in the first 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and the child’s second birthday. Value chains for improved nutrition of staples look at those foods that dominate the diets of the poor and malnourished. Boosting these foods with micro- and macronutrients can provide nutritional benefits at scale.