29 Market development for nutrition

Best Practices and Policies to develop Food Systems for Improved Nutrition at Scale, Case Studies from Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda.


  • Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Uganda
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


Food systems are evolving with varying effects on diets and nutritional outcomes. To accelerate nutrition gains and achieve the Agenda 2030, efforts must be made to bridge agricultural diversification and improved nutrition through market development.

Success stories in nutrition exist, such as progress in diversifying diets, particularly in women of reproductive age and infants, through social and behavior change communication (demand creation) and agrobiodiversity (supply creation). The side event will highlight case studies from Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda.

Current market systems and infrastructure for the demand and supply of diverse and nutritious food are underdeveloped and not inclusive for smallholders. There is untapped market potential to improve nutrition amongst vulnerable smallholders, particularly women. The link between producers and consumers often remains a challenge as well as access to diverse foods during the lean season.

Furthermore, agriculture policy should also work more effectively in favor of nutrition outcomes not only income. At the same time, trade policy actions need to support diversification of healthy food. In Zambia, for example, focus is still predominantly on maize production. Harnessing the experiences of interventions in Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda, this event will highlight findings of areas of convergence and tension, followed by recommendations on how to adapt markets to better enable nutrition sensitive food systems and thus meet nutrition goals.





Side Event - 29 - Market development for nutrition