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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.



Partnering for Better Food

This 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.



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 4

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

Journal Article

Markets for Nutrition: What Role for Business?

IDS Bulletin Vol. 46 Nos. 3

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.

Ewan Robinson

19 May 2015


Markets for Nutrition

LANSA Policy Brief 2

Making safe, nutrient-rich foods more accessible for people on low-incomes is one way to reduce micronutrient undernutrition. Efforts to integrate better agriculture and nutrition are focused on this goal, and many initiatives target low-income farm households.

1 March 2015