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IDS Evidence Report 172

Addressing Market Constraints to Providing Nutrient-Rich Foods: An Exploration of Market Systems Approaches

Published on 1 February 2016

This Evidence Report asks how a market systems approach could be applied to improve poor households’ access to nutrient-dense foods. By ‘market systems approach’ we mean methods that identify and address underlying constraints in market transactions, their supporting functions and the institutional environment in which markets operate, and which are preventing markets from delivering desired outcomes.

The report builds on a developing body of research on value chain approaches to nutrition, which has highlighted challenges in developing commercially viable business models that can deliver affordable, available, appropriate and acceptable foods. It explores how market systems approaches could be used to improve the diagnosis of constraints preventing a market from achieving these outcomes, and to develop interventions that change the way the market system works. The report does not seek to make specific recommendations for policy or practice, but rather sets out how a market systems approach could be applied to nutrition in different contexts in order to develop such recommendations.

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Thorpe, J. and Reed, P. (2016) Addressing Market Constraints to Providing Nutrient-Rich Foods: An Exploration of Market Systems Approaches, IDS Evidence Report 172, Brighton: IDS

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Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow, Cluster Leader

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Philip Reed

Research Officer

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IDS
authors
Thorpe, J. and Reed, P.
journal
IDS Evidence Report, issue 172
language
English

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Health Sustainability

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