Identifying nutrition-sensitive interventions

Identifying nutrition-sensitive interventions to improve maternal diet quality in rural Indian settings using value chain analysis

Study objectives

The aim of the proposed study is to develop an interdisciplinary framework linking value chain activities to nutrition in rural Maharashtra. The framework will be developed by engaging stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines, bridging policy, research and practice. These sectors will include agriculture, nutrition, health and economics. In order to strengthen the uptake of evidence into policy, active engagement with policy makers at the state level will be sought throughout the study. The framework will be used to guide exploratory research identifying constraints and opportunities to enhance nutrition outcomes along a set of relevant value chains. The framework will also be used to consolidate the evidence and research agenda from a multidisciplinary perspective, laying the foundation for subsequent research activities in this area.

The study objectives include:

  1. To develop an interdisciplinary framework linking fruit and green leafy value chain activities to nutrition in Maharashtra.
  2. To undertake exploratory qualitative research to identify constraints and opportunities to enhance nutrition along relevant value chains in Maharashtra.
  3. Consolidate the evidence and research agenda from a multidisciplinary perspective by identifying knowledge gaps and designing data collection activities to address these.
  4. To provide policy-relevant output regarding the incorporation of nutritional priorities into value chain activities.

Key research questions

Our research questions are designed to learn from farmers and policy makers about the current supply of fruit and GLV in rural Maharashtra and to identify how value chain policy can be modified to increase diet diversity among women of reproductive age in Maharashtra.

Possible research questions:

  1. What are the key policy barriers and enablers across agriculture, nutrition and health that influence linkages between value chain activities and nutrition outcomes?
  2. What are the key constraints and opportunities in terms of the supply and demand for fruit and green leafy vegetables?
  3. What are potential opportunities for nutrition value-addition along the chains, and who are the key stakeholders involved? 

Lead Partner

University of Southampton

South Asia Focus

Funded by UK DFID

This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies

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