Developing nutrition-sensitive value chains in Indonesia
This report (PDF) by IFAD summarizes a number of studies to determine how to design nutrition-sensitive value chains (NSVC) for smallholders in Indonesia. Theses studies all addressed different questions: (1) What are the nutrition challenges?; (2) Which commodities have most potential to address the nutrition problem while making business sense?; (3) What are the constrains and opportunities for developing the selected NSVC, and; (4) Which interventions support NSVC? The researchers suggest that strengthened value chains for foods could make business sense for smallholders and lay the foundations for a strong local food system that sustainably delivers nutritious foods for healthy diets. These studies also provided some insights and recommendations for the government, producers, businesses and other development actors. One of these recommendations is that it is essential to be aware of the local context regarding nutritional deficiencies, but also climate change and gender. Context and capacities will inform the overall analysis and recommended interventions. Another recommendation is that strategies and interventions need to support all stages of a clearly identified impact pathway. Actions should recognize the interconnectedness and interdependence of constraints and opportunities around issues of supply, demand and nutrition value.