Topic outline

This is the second of a series of two e-learning courses on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Nutrition. In this course, you will learn an approach to integrate nutrition into SME business models, in order to make food systems more nutrition-sensitive.


This e-learning course targets SME trainers, SME representatives and policymakers working on SMEs development, sustainable food systems and nutrition. It will also benefit those interested in learning more about sustainable food systems.

  • How to craft nutrition-sensitive business visions, missions and objectives.
  • Customer segmentation and identification of nutritionally vulnerable groups.
  • Value proposition based on nutritious foods.
  • Entry points for nutrition across the value chain.
  • Strategies and tools to support the marketing of nutritious foods.
  • Principles to establish partnerships with focus on SMEs and nutrition.
  • Options to finance nutrition-sensitive investments of SMEs.

The course consists of 7 lessons, ranging from approximately 45 - 60 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - Designing a nutrition-sensitive strategy
  • Lesson 2 - Identifying customers
  • Lesson 3 - Developing a value proposition
  • Lesson 4 - Integrating nutrition in business activities
  • Lesson 5 - Marketing nutritious foods
  • Lesson 6 - Building partnerships
  • Lesson 7 - Getting access to finance

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    • Partners

      This course was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) through the support of the project “Strengthening capacities for nutrition-sensitive food systems through a multi-stakeholder approach”, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) and implemented in collaboration with the Governments of Ghana, Kenya and Viet Nam.