In low-income countries, poor dietary diversity is driven in large part by the low availability and affordability of nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and other animal sourced foods. In a recent assessment, GAIN determined that small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), or small and mighty enterprises as GAIN likes to call them, produce, process or sell up to 70% of nutritious food sold in low-income markets in Africa.
Through the MNF, GAIN has supported Tarakwo Dairies – an enterprise based in Kenya's Rift Valley – to scale up their supply of safe and affordable milk. Tarakwo's distribution model uses automated milk dispensing machines, or milk ATMs, which help to improve milk availability and safety, while maintaining affordable prices for resource-constrained consumers.
GAIN works on supply and demand, as well as on changing incentives, rules and regulations to encourage production and consumption of nutritious and safe foods. We seek to understand and tackle barriers faced by small enterprises working to boost availability, affordability, desirability, and convenience of nutritious foods like eggs, especially for people on low-incomes.
This factsheet highlights the vastly different levels of egg supply seen across African regions, selected African countries, and selected high-income countries. It discusses why eggs remain scarce and expensive in many low-income settings, including across much of Western, Eastern, and Middle Africa.
This factsheet describes the nutritional content of eggs. Eggs are a rich source of protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.
An egg is formed of two main parts, the egg white (albumen) and the egg yolk. The white contains mostly water, proteins and some minerals.
This factsheet describes the nutritional benefits of eggs for key target populations. Eggs are among the best food sources to improve diet quality in infants, as they contain nutrients which help brain development and physical growth.
This is a case study assessment of Chicken Choice, a poultry production and retail business supported by MNF since 2013. Chicken Choise offers small chicken cuts at competitive price points with the aim of making chicken available to lower income groups.
The following report provides a consolidation of the findings, their implications for the achievements of the Marketplace program to date, and a series of recommendations to strengthen the design and potential for impact of the Marketplace moving forward.
This summary report presents outcomes from market research interviews conducted with consumers in Nyanza District on behalf of the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods, Rwanda from December 2015 to January 2016.
This report covers the mapping of the distribution, value chain and reach analysis of Alves and includes inputs taken from observations on local markets and at local stores, price checks and interviews done with participants at all levels of the meat processing production and distribution value chain.