IFAD’s objective is to increase smallholder income through more productive links of smallholders with markets. In addition, they are looking at how to make these value chains also work to improve nutrition, principally through the improvement of diet quality. Essentially, this means developing value chains for nutritious foods (crops, livestock or small animals, or fish) in ways that contribute to raising incomes of project beneficiaries, but that also improve their nutrition.
The project will focus on the work needed to support nutrition-sensitive chain analyses. The study will carry out more in-depth analyses for a subnet of commodities identified as having potential market demand. It is expected to look at value chain development for two groups of commodities: fruits and vegetables. For fruits, the project will analyze the development of value chains for mango, papaya, and banana, and for vegetables the project will analyze the development of value chain for carrots, spinach, and tomatoes.