Agri-food Business and Agricultural Trade
Trends in the global business of producing food through agriculture, or 'agri-food' business, have substantial impacts on farmers and workers involved in its production and processing –many of whom are in developing countries. In addition, a number of donors are aiming to connect agriculture to nutrition by making their agricultural projects 'nutrition sensitive' in addition to increasing yields and incomes.
IDS research is exploring the impacts of changes in global agri-food business:
- Food safety and quality – Businesses face legal requirements to meet ever more stringent public food safety standards and maintain customer confidence at a time when global supply chains are becoming more complex. We are examining how stricter food safety and quality standards, both public and private, have the potential to exclude developing countries from international trade
- Trade structures – We are looking at value chains for processed agri-food products, and considering whether these provide greater scope to include more small-scale producers.
- Standards compliance – We are exploring how a global value chain framework can be used to improve capacity-building efforts directed at compliance with food safety and quality standards in international trade.
- Agriculture and nutrition partnerships – Our Partnering for Better Food project aims to identify and support scalable public-private innovative partnerships in developing countries that bridge the gaps between agriculture and nutrition programmes to improve nutrition for the poor and undernourished.
- Research Fellow, Cluster Leader
- Research Fellow
Maria del Mar Maestre Morales
- Research Officer
- Cluster Leader Research Fellow
- Professorial Fellow
Assessing the Impacts of Enhancing Access to Nutritious Foods
The objective of the research is to develop capacity and an analytical approach for the analysis of value chains-based initiatives aimed at enhancing access and consumption of nutritious foods by the poor and to use this learning to develop research proposals on leveraging value chains for nutrition. More details
Framework for Assessing the Impacts of Efforts to Enhance Access to Nutritious Foods
The objective of this research is to develop capacity and an analytical approach for the analysis of value chains-based initiatives aimed at enhancing access and consumption of nutritious foods by the poor and to use this learning to develop research proposals on leveraging value chains for nutrition. More details
Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Agriculture: Enabling Factors and Impact on the Rural Poor
This research will identify the key factors driving the effectivness of public-private partnerships (PPPs) at bringing sustained increases in income for smallholder farmers at scale and delivering positive development outcomes across rural communities. More details
Public-private partnerships – are we missing the point?23 May 2016
By Jodie Thorpe
Can business improve nutrition in an SDG world?15 Oct 2015
By Philip Reed
BEAM commissions new research on market system approaches07 Jul 2015
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales
What role can business play in tackling nutrition challenges?02 Apr 2014
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales
BLOG: Can big business sell nutritious food to poor people? The case of Grameen Danone Foods in Bangladesh25 Oct 2012
BLOG: Is The New Alliance the true alliance?28 May 2012
By Noshua Watson