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Harnessing value chains to improve food systems

Chapter 6 of the 2016 Global Food Policy Report highlights the need to adapt food systems to support nutritious and sustainably-produced diets.

A farmer from Embu, Kenya, demonstrates the loading of maize grain into a metal silo for storage
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Three steps for tackling food loss and waste

An astounding  one third of all food produced  for human consumption is lost or wasted between the farm and the fork. Just think about that for a moment.

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Starting small

How can we find cost-effective, holistic, people-centered solutions to improve food security in Africa south of the Sahara? Speakers at a recent policy seminar at IFPRI’s Washington DC office revealed an innovative project underway in Tanzania that is…

Groundnuts at Sawla market in Ghana's Northern Region.
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Ghana’s groundnuts

Fungus-contaminated maize and groundnuts have been identified as the culprit for more than 40 percent of the disease burden in developing countries. Serious health concerns such as hepatitis and liver cancer have been linked to chronic exposure to…

 Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse
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New online resource highlights tools for value chain analysis

Ensuring that small-scale farmers and producers enjoy a bigger piece of the financial pie is the aim of a new web resource on agricultural development. The  Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse, led by the  CGIAR Research Program on Policies,…

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VC4D: Value Chain for Development

We live in a fast changing world with fast changing trends: urbanization, globalization, industrialization, and more, all of which have a profound impact on the way food moves from field to fork along the agricultural value chain. Understanding the…

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Name-Brand Products: Boon or Bust for Farmers and Consumers?

Should I buy packaged goods, or bulk? Generic or name brand? The questions long-faced by consumers at pharmacies and grocery stores are now being asked at farmers’ markets in the developing world as wholesalers and merchants try to profit with…

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