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John Humphrey

Professorial Fellow

Professor John Humphrey is a sociologist working on global value chains and their impacts on employment and trade in developing countries. Specific interests in global agro-food chains, horticulture exports, food standards, and value chain approaches to linkages between agriculture and nutrition.

Particular interest in how businesses can contribute to the achievement of development goals and in identifying where businesses can best be mobilised for this purpose.

John Humphrey has now retired from IDS.

John Humphrey’s recent work


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

Published by Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)

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...

1 December 2015


Better Nutrition for the Poor through Informal Markets

Published by IDS

In the fight against undernutrition, policymakers are seeking to use markets to increase access to nutrient-rich foods. Yet ensuring food reaches those most affected by undernutrition requires shaping the markets and businesses from which they source food.

1 February 2015