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Ewan Robinson - Research Officer

Ewan Robinson no longer works at IDS.

Ewan has seven years experience in development research and communications, with expertise in value chain analysis, decentralised governance, natural resource management and climate change adaptation. He has experience implementing multi-sited research and using ethnographic methods, rapid assessments, GIS and mixed methods. He has developed communications strategies and products to inform and influence diverse audiences.

Ewan is currently working on food value chains, agriculture and nutrition. He helps run a multi-country project that is assessing policy options for enhancing food markets and increasing access to healthy foods. Ewan holds an MA in Geography and a BSci in Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Ewan blogs at Globalisation and Development. You can also find him on twitter and business fights poverty.

The project aims to help reduce undernutrition by informing policy and providing tools to make food and agricultural systems more ‘nutrition-sensitive’.

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Improving the Nutritional Quality of Food Markets through the Informal Sector: Lessons from Case Studies in Other Sectors

IDS Evidence Report 171 (2016)

Policymakers in a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are seeking to work with food markets and food businesses as part of efforts to reduce undernutrition. These market-based approaches include national fortification programmes, public food distribution systems, new product development and the promotion of biofortified crops. More details


Markets for Nutrient-rich Foods: Policy Synthesis from Three Country Studies

IDS Evidence Report 161 (2015)

This Evidence Report examines the potential for and limitations of promoting business and market-based approaches to reducing undernutrition through increasing the availability and accessibility of nutrient-rich foods for the undernourished. More details

IDS Evidence Report 141 Front cover

Food, Markets and Nutrition: Maximising the Impacts of Private Sector Engagement in Tanzania. Case Studies and Key Messages from the Workshop

IDS Evidence Report 141 (2015)

This report summarises the findings of a workshop for representatives of the Tanzanian government, development partners, civil society and private sector organisations, hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on 30 March 2015. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Markets for Nutrition: What Role for Business?

IDS Bulletin 46.3 (2015)

This article examines how this might be achieved, drawing lessons from three intervention types: ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs), mandatory fortification and voluntarily fortified products. More details


Promoting Biofortified Crops for Nutrition: Lessons from Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) in Tanzania

IDS Evidence Report 127 (2015)

This case study examines the outcomes of interventions in Tanzania that have promoted the production and consumption of orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) – a biofortified crop – with the objective of reducing vitamin A deficiencies. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Innovation and Value Chains; Nutrition.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Business and Development Centre; Reducing Hunger and Undernutrition.