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Can the private sector tackle undernutrition for the world's poorest?

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Vivienne Benson

Institute of Development Studies

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16 Jun 2016, 12:34

Kat Pittore has recently posted a blog asking can the private sector tackle undernutrition for the world’s poorest?

The blog post also includes a new infographic which seeks to show how markets, both formal and informal, work together to bring nutritious foods to poor people- as well as some of the challenges encountered using markets to deliver nutritious foods to the poorest and some potential solutions.

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Mícheál O hIarlaithe

Nutrition Officer

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16 Jun 2016, 13:06

Dear Vivienne
Thanks for sharing Kat’s blog. I am wondering if there are any other concrete examples of what can be done in the very lowest income settings like South Sudan/CAR etc. It would be great to involve the private sector but this is a mammoth task given the very limited domestic formal markets and the fact that most commodities are imported. There are possibilities in the agriculture value chain in the informal sector and compulsory fortification of imports could be an option. If there are other examples which can be drawn from in similar settings that would be really useful.
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Kat Pittore

Nutrition convenor

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16 Jun 2016, 13:42

While I do not know any examples from the poorest countries about using markets, my colleague recently wrote a paper on how to strengthen practices, such as food safety, in the informal market, drawing on lessons from other sectors, which might provide some ideas. His paper can be found here: Improving the Nutritional Quality of Food Markets through the Informal Sector: Lessons from Case Studies in Other Sectors

Dr Charulatha Banerjee

Regional Knowledge Management Specialist Asia ENN

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28 Jun 2016, 05:53

There have been some initiatives involving the private/ corporate sector in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Though this state by itself does not qualify among the poorest states, the initiatives could have some lessons for other contexts. In my opinion what was key was that the Corporate houses were not brought in in isolation- they were included in addition to other stakeholders.The experience is well captured in this document.
Bhagwat, I., S. Sandosham, and V. Ramani. 2014. The Bhavishya Alliance:
A Multisectoral Initiative to Address Undernutrition in Maharashtra.
POSHAN Implementation Note 2. New Delhi, India: International Food Policy
Research Institute.

Hope this helps.

Dr Charulatha Banerjee

Regional Knowledge Management Specialist Asia ENN

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28 Jun 2016, 06:38

An additional resource on the Maharashtra experience.

On page 25 of this document the Director General of the Nutrition Mission Maharashtra state speaks of the work with the Private sector.

Everlyn Matiri

Catholic Relief Services

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28 Jun 2016, 10:45

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