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Poole, Nigel (2018) 'Building dairy value chains in Badakhshan, Afghanistan.' IDS Bulletin, 49 (1). pp. 107-127.

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Considerable recent research has tried to link agricultural production and the distribution of nutrient-rich foods to consumption, and hence improved health, of nutritionally vulnerable population groups. However, we are still unsure how agri-food value chains can assure positive linkages between agriculture and nutrition. Badakhshan is a remote region of Afghanistan, where high rates of malnutrition prevail among vulnerable population groups. The research reported here is a value chain analysis of a dairy project in Badakhshan that was designed to enhance women's economic development through investments in production, processing, and marketing, but also had considerable potential for nutritional impact. Using primary data from surveys of project participants and non-participants, focus groups, and key informants, I conclude that building effective value chains can leverage dairy production for better human nutrition, but projects need contextualisation, and further research and value chain development are needed to maximise the potential.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Afghanistan; dairy sector; value chain development; public–NGO partnership; Afghanaid; nutrition security; vulnerable groups; women's empowerment
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
ISSN: 02655012
Copyright Statement: © 2018 The Author. © Institute of Development Studies. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are credited.
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Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 10:38
Funders: Other

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