GAIN has long supported SMEs to increase their production of safe and nutritious foods but has found it difficult to understand the impact of such activities on consumers. As food is a fast-moving consumer good, which travels in large volumes between diverse actors of a value chain, spanning wide areas, it can be hard to identify its end consumers, and collecting data from them can be resource intensive.
In Ethiopia, per capita annual consumption of dairy is just 11% of World Health Organization recommended levels. Low incomes are a key constraint to dairy consumption, as many consumers cannot afford to buy dairy in recommended quantities. Key sector constraints are centred around rural scarcity, high prices, and quality concerns.
Despite Mozambique’s economic growth over the last decade, critical levels of stunting amongst the population persist, partly driven by inadequate nutrient intake. Eggs are an excellent and affordable source of protein and represent an opportunity to address nutritional deficiencies in the Mozambican population.
Malnutrition among infants and young children is widespread in Mozambique, with high rates of stunting among children under 5 years of age. Micronutrient-fortified porridge can help increase the nutrient content of diets and thus contribute to the fight against malnutrition.
In October 2020, GAIN began conducting bi-weekly consumer and vendor surveys traditional markets to assess the functioning of markets and market actors under COVID-19. The resulting Bulletins and Traditional Market Reports present snapshots in time as the pandemic continues to evolve.
To examine perceptions, knowledge, and experience related to food safety among both consumers and traditional market vendors, EatSafe conducted a focused ethnographic study (FES) using a modular approach of qualitative methods.
GAIN organized two stakeholder workshops in Abuja and Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria in April and May 2021 to evaluate potential Custom Indicators for Phase II of the EatSafe program in Nigeria.
This report summarizes the launch of the EatSafe program in Nigeria, held in Abuja on December 3, 2020.
Understanding urban specific contexts and food system challenges during the pandemic is the first step towards the co-design of policy options. Between December 2020 and April 2021, GAIN conducted a mixed method Rapid Needs Assessment of the urban food system in Machakos and Kiambu (Kenya), Beira and Pemba (Mozambique), and Rawalpindi and Peshawar (Pakistan).
Designed to inspire EatSafe team members’ creativity and imagination prior to and during the EatSafe Intervention Sprint, this tool described the features, benefits, and enabling infrastructure of over 100 consumer-first food system innovations using Human Centered Design.