Topic outline

This course aims to equip project designers and managers with the concepts, principles and tools they need to leverage value chain approaches to improve nutrition through agriculture and food systems. 

The concept of Sustainable Food Value Chains for Nutrition (SFVCN) was first presented in 2016 at the 43rd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and is the framework adopted by the Rome Based Agencies (RBAs). An SFVCN approach considers how development of a sustainable food value chain can contribute to improving nutrition of a target population.


This e-learning course primarily targets development practitioners and policy makers working on the development of sustainable food systems. 

The course also benefits those interested in learning more about sustainable food systems and food systems thinking, including extension agents, researchers and the private sector.

  • Key concepts related to ustainable food value chains for nutrition, including diet and nutrition and value chains and their sustainability
  • The elements of the analytical framework, including potential strategies and entry points for interventions
  • The three impact pathways by which a sustainable food value chain can improve nutrition.
  • The process of developing this type of project, including analyses and identification of commodities and interventions.

The course consists of  4  lessons, ranging from approximately  20  to  55  minutes duration each: 

  • Lesson 1  –  Introduction to nutrition and sustainable food value chains
  • Lesson 2  –  Framing sustainability and nutrition in value chains 
  • Lesson 3 – Supporting nutritional outcomes through SFVCN impact pathways 
  • Lesson 4 – Designing an SFVCN project

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

Digital certification

This course offers certification. You will get your digital badge upon passing a final exam after completing the course and achieving a grade of at least 75%. Please click on the button below to complete the exam, or refer to our Certification section to learn more.

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