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Spencer Henson - Professorial Fellow

(on leave 1/01/2015 - 1/01/2018)

Business, Markets and the State; Health and Nutrition
T: +44 (0)1273 915691
E: s.henson@ids.ac.uk

Spencer Henson is an applied economist whose interests are centred on the economics and political economy of agri-food standards. He has undertaken research across 40 countries and worked with a wide range of standards and development institutions and organisations.

He is recognised as an expert internationally on agri-food standards and developing countries, as well as on the economics of regulation and standards in the area of food and agriculture more generally.

This project examines the impact of the rise of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

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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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The International Public Opinion Monitor aims to understand how everyday citizens see the world in which live, and how their attitudes change (or not) over time.

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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.

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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.

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A general review of the negotiating process and costs of EPAs and their impact on development.

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With the world economy in a major downturn, the stakes for developing countries could not be higher. Public support for international development and aid will play a key role. But is there a domestic consensus on the UK's role in international development and what are its contours?

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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.

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IDS publications on international development research

Assessing Food Value Chain Pathways, Linkages and Impacts for Better Nutrition of Vulnerable Groups

Food Policy 68 (2017)

This article offers insights into assessing the effectiveness of post farm-gate agri-food value chains at improving the nutrition intake of vulnerable groups. It develops a conceptual framework integrating the value chain concepts with agriculture and nutrition, and identifies key outcomes and requirements for value chains to be successful at delivering substantive and sustained consumption of nutrient-dense foods by poor households. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Assessing the Effectiveness of Agri-Food Value Chain Interventions Aimed at Enhancing Consumption of Nutritious Food by the Poor: Conceptual Framework

LANSA Working Paper Series 2015.04 (2015)

South Asia has experienced rapid economic growth, yet it still has the highest rate of child malnutrition in the world, and half the population is undernourished. This paper lays out a conceptual framework to guide the analysis of value chain-based interventions aimed at enhancing the intake of micronutrient-dense foods in South Asia under the LANSA research programme. More details

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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

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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

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Non-Communicable Disease and Development: Future Pathways

IDS Evidence Report 100 (2014)

From a biomedical perspective, non-communicable disease (NCD) is not a new problem, particularly in the global North. However, awareness of the increasing burden from these conditions in low- and middle-income countries (L&MICs) has only recently emerged in the arena of development policy and practice (Beaglehole et al. 2011). More details

Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; Agri-food Business and Agricultural Trade; Aid; Economy and Finance; Innovation and Value Chains; Trade and Growth; Globalisation; Private-sector Governance; Nutrition.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Business and Development Centre.