Nutrition-sensitive value chains: the case of vegetables in Yayu biosphere reserve, Ethiopia
This report (PDF) by PROIntenseAfrica provides advice on and prospects of the sustainable intensification of the value chains of different fruits and vegetables in Ethiopia and the potential impacts on the various stakeholders. There is growing recognition of the emergence of a “triple burden” of malnutrition with hunger, overconsumption, and micronutrient deficiency (“hidden hunger”) occurring simultaneously among low-income countries. Horticulture can help to overcome malnutrition and poverty and improve health conditions of both the rural and urban poor by increasing the production, quality, consumption and profitability of nutritious and health-promoting fruits and vegetables. This study uses a nutrition-sensitive value chain approach for horticulture development in Yayu biosphere reserve in Ethiopia. The objective is to investigate the process of intensification in the context of the value chains of different fruits and vegetables in multi-storey cropping systems. It is based on a research and capacity building project carried out by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and was conducted as a light case study for PROIntenseAfrica program. Two intensification pathways of vegetable production are considered in the analysis: intensification of traditional vegetable production and diversification of multi-storey cropping systems by introducing vegetables for better nutrition through the NutriHAF project. The proposed research agenda is crucial for intensification processes in Yayu region, but probably also in other regions of Ethiopia and Sub-Saharan Africa.