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Journal Articles Food and Nutrition Bulletin -United Nations University- Year : 2001

Local food price analysis by linear programming: a new approach to assess the economic value of fortified food supplements

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Linear programming can be applied to identify a nutritionally adequate diet of the lowest cost, since price and nutrient contents are linearly related to food weight. Most computer spreadsheets now include an easy-to-use solver function that is suitable for this purpose. This approach can also be used to estimate the effect of introducing a food supplement on the minimal cost required to provide a nutritionally adequate diet. It can also provide an estimate of the expenses saved by families in relation to the sums spent by the donor after the distribution of a food supplement. This method is illustrated by comparing the economic value of two food supplements, a traditional blended flour and a nutrient-dense spread (a “foodlet”) in rural Chad. The limitations of this approach and the need to interpret its findings carefully in relation to field observations are discussed.

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hal-03759653 , version 1 (24-08-2022)

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André Briend, Elaine Ferguson, Nicole Darmon. Local food price analysis by linear programming: a new approach to assess the economic value of fortified food supplements. Food and Nutrition Bulletin -United Nations University-, 2001, 22 (2), pp.184-189. ⟨10.1177/156482650102200210⟩. ⟨hal-03759653⟩
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