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Course: Sustainable Food Value Chains for Nutrition

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    Nutrition-sensitive value chain analysis for carrot and papaya in Al Batinah North, Oman 2022
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    The Sultanate of Oman is experiencing a nutrition transition, characterized by shifts in diet, lifestyle and disease burden. The National Nutrition Strategy of Oman 2014-2050 and the Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy SARDS 2040 have emphasized the importance of adequate intake of fruits and vegetables while decreasing the consumption of energy-dense foods. FAO collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) and Zubair Small Enterprises Centre (Zubair SEC) to conduct an inclusive Nutrition Sensitive Value Chain Analysis (NSVCA). The geographical focus was on Al Batinah North, one of the main agricultural governorates in Oman. Two commodities were selected by MAFWR and the Ministry of Health based on a scoring method: papaya and carrots. This NSVCA aimed at mapping the current landscape of constraints and opportunities in supply and demand of safe and nutritious food commodities across these two value chains. It focuses on SMEs related to food and agriculture, farmer organizations, smallholders and other actors along the value chains. The NSVCA contributes mainly to SO1, SO3 and SO4 through improved knowledge of the food system in Oman and providing a variety of evidence based intervention and investment opportunities along the value chain. The findings will allow decision-makers to identify specific policy interventions which will leverage the potential of these value chains for both income generation and better nutrition outcomes.
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    Rome-based Agencies' collaboration on Sustainable Food Value Chains for Nutrition 2018
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    In the context of Agenda 2030, food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are essential not only for achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, but also for the broad set of SDGs. A healthy diet is key to preventing malnutrition in all its forms. However, diverse nutritious foods are not always available and affordable for all, especially in low income settings. Furthermore rapid urbanisation and changing lifestyles have led to a shift in dietary patterns, partly due to changes in the food systems and its effects on the availability, affordability and desirability of healthy, as well as less healthy foods. Improving nutritional outcomes requires consideration not only of the way food is produced, but also how it is processed, distributed, marketed and consumed, a process that is usually referred to as “value chain”. Nutrition-sensitive approaches to value chain (VC) development have emerged as a promising way to shape food systems for food security and nutrition outcomes. In this context the Rome-based Agencies (RBAs)—including FAO, IFAD, WFP and Bioversity International set up a working group in 2015 on the topic of nutrition-sensitive value chains. This brief aims to disseminate the activities undertaken and the way forward of the RBAs working group on sustainable food value chains for nutrition.
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    10 Common Themes for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture in Cambodia 2018
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    The publication is based on a survey of expert opinion and examination of case studies of nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Cambodia. From the analysis of this information, ten common themes have been established that provide an understanding of the common elements of various projects and approaches to nutrition-sensitive agriculture for Cambodia. Agriculture is nutrition-sensitive when it addresses the underlying causes of malnutrition. Nutrition-sensitive agriculture is an approach that seeks to ensure the production of a variety of affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate and safe foods, in adequate quantity and quality, to meet the dietary requirements of populations in a sustainable manner. The recognition that addressing nutrition requires taking action at all stages of the food chain - from production, processing and retail to consumption – has led to a broader focus which encompasses the entire food system. The ten themes that follow were identi!ed by experts in the !elds of agriculture, nutrition and development as critical aspects of nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Cambodia. The themes re"ect the common elements of nutrition-sensitive agriculture, drawn from experience over many years and across many agencies. The themes help us to understand the unifying principals guiding nutritionsensitive agriculture in Cambodia.

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