DSM and WFP: Improving Nutrition of 15 million People Each Year

DSM and WFP have been partners since 2007 in order to develop cost-effective and sustainable, nutritious food solutions for the hungry poor. With the partnership renewed in 2013 for an additional three years, DSM and WFP will seek to double the number of people who benefit from improved nutrition, from the current reach of 15 million annually to 25-30 million per year by 2015. This public private partnership has contributed to improving the diets of people, using essential vitamins, nutrients, fortified rice in countries that include Nepal, Kenya, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The strengthened partnership will focus on pregnant and nursing women, young children and vulnerable households. As one of WFP’s Global Humanitarian Partners, DSM combines technical and scientific expertise with high-nutrient products and financial assistance to help improve the nutritional value of the food WFP distributes to those in need. DSM supports WFP operations around the world through the addition of critical vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients to WFP’s food basket

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, fighting hunger worldwide. Last year, WFP reached almost 100 million people in 80 countries with food assistance. For every operation that WFP undertakes, it has to establish what type and quantity of food people need. It’s not just a question of providing food, but also making sure what arrives is nutritionally appropriate to address the problem at hand.

DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, and one of the world’s largest producers of micronutrients. DSM has been developing strategies to combat malnutrition through food fortification and supplementation targeted to women of childbearing age, pregnant and lactating mothers and children under two years old.

What our partnership does

DSM and WFP work together in three main ways:

Nutrition enhancement: DSM food technology, packaging and other experts are working with WFP to research and develop new or enhanced fortified foods and measure their effects on the nutritional state of WFP beneficiaries. The partnership has a systematic approach to development and improvement of products including testing for acceptance and, in some cases, impact.

Capacity at WFP: DSM has supported WFP in strengthening and expanding its focus on nutrition, including capacity development (hiring staff, designing training modules), implementing nutrition-specific interventions with better products and tools and increasing awareness of nutrition in nutrition-sensitive approaches.

Involving DSM’s employees: DSM employees in offices and production sites in 50 countries around the world are crucial in bringing the partnership to life, both through general advocacy and fundraising activities and by volunteering their time and expertise to help WFP address specific issues.

Achievements of partnership

  • The partnership reaches 15 million people annually with improved nutrition. The aim is to increase this to 25-30 million per year by 2015.
  • DSM has developed together with WFP a micronutrient powder for home-fortification that allows families to add micronutrients directly to their food just before consumption. This innovative solution has been piloted in several countries and has been successful in combating malnutrition.
  • DSM has also helped WFP pilot projects using a range of tailored solutions, such as fortified date bars, fortified rice and highly nutritional wheat and corn-soya blends (super cereal / super cereal +) aimed at addressing the micronutrient needs of different cultures and societies around the world.
  • DSM employees, including experts in nutrition and food technology, economics, and marketing and communications, have volunteered in the field to support WFP projects in such places as Zambia, Guatemala, Kenya and Bangladesh.

Recognition for the partnership

  • DSM was recognised for its commitment under the partnership by being among the 2010 recipients of the World Business and Development Awards presented during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York.
  • DSM’s CEO, Feike Sijbesma received the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the United Nations Association of New York in recognition for his commitment to corporate social responsibility in general and for DSM’s partnership with WFP in particular.

Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board: “DSM’s mission is to provide brighter lives for people today and generations to come. Our partnership with the UN WFP is about improving nutrition and fighting micronutrient deficiencies. As the world’s largest producer of vitamins and other micronutrients we have a clear responsibility to help solve the globe’s most solvable problem: hidden hunger. DSM is immensely proud of our partnership with WFP and intensifying this successful relationship has yielded the ambitious plan of more than doubling the number of beneficiaries over the next three years.”

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme: “Investing in nutrition solutions for the world’s most vulnerable people is an essential element of the fight against global hunger. With DSM’s continued support, WFP is committed to providing the right food at the right time, especially for children in the first 1,000 days of life. When building the potential of future generations, there is no substitute for good nutrition.”

for more information:

www.wfp.org/companies

http://www.dsm.com and www.nutritionimprovement.com

DSM and WFP: Improving Nutrition of 15 million People Each Year

DSM and WFP have been partners since 2007 in order to develop cost-effective and sustainable, nutritious food solutions for the hungry poor. With the partnership renewed in 2013 for an additional three years, DSM and WFP will seek to double the number of people who benefit from improved nutrition, from the current reach of 15 million annually to 25-30 million per year by 2015. This public private partnership has contributed to improving the diets of people, using essential vitamins, nutrients, fortified rice in countries that include Nepal, Kenya, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The strengthened partnership will focus on pregnant and nursing women, young children and vulnerable households. As one of WFP’s Global Humanitarian Partners, DSM combines technical and scientific expertise with high-nutrient products and financial assistance to help improve the nutritional value of the food WFP distributes to those in need. DSM supports WFP operations around the world through the addition of critical vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients to WFP’s food basket

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, fighting hunger worldwide. Last year, WFP reached almost 100 million people in 80 countries with food assistance. For every operation that WFP undertakes, it has to establish what type and quantity of food people need. It’s not just a question of providing food, but also making sure what arrives is nutritionally appropriate to address the problem at hand.

DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, and one of the world’s largest producers of micronutrients. DSM has been developing strategies to combat malnutrition through food fortification and supplementation targeted to women of childbearing age, pregnant and lactating mothers and children under two years old.

What our partnership does

DSM and WFP work together in three main ways:

Nutrition enhancement: DSM food technology, packaging and other experts are working with WFP to research and develop new or enhanced fortified foods and measure their effects on the nutritional state of WFP beneficiaries. The partnership has a systematic approach to development and improvement of products including testing for acceptance and, in some cases, impact.

Capacity at WFP: DSM has supported WFP in strengthening and expanding its focus on nutrition, including capacity development (hiring staff, designing training modules), implementing nutrition-specific interventions with better products and tools and increasing awareness of nutrition in nutrition-sensitive approaches.

Involving DSM’s employees: DSM employees in offices and production sites in 50 countries around the world are crucial in bringing the partnership to life, both through general advocacy and fundraising activities and by volunteering their time and expertise to help WFP address specific issues.

Achievements of partnership

  • The partnership reaches 15 million people annually with improved nutrition. The aim is to increase this to 25-30 million per year by 2015.
  • DSM has developed together with WFP a micronutrient powder for home-fortification that allows families to add micronutrients directly to their food just before consumption. This innovative solution has been piloted in several countries and has been successful in combating malnutrition.
  • DSM has also helped WFP pilot projects using a range of tailored solutions, such as fortified date bars, fortified rice and highly nutritional wheat and corn-soya blends (super cereal / super cereal +) aimed at addressing the micronutrient needs of different cultures and societies around the world.
  • DSM employees, including experts in nutrition and food technology, economics, and marketing and communications, have volunteered in the field to support WFP projects in such places as Zambia, Guatemala, Kenya and Bangladesh.

Recognition for the partnership

  • DSM was recognised for its commitment under the partnership by being among the 2010 recipients of the World Business and Development Awards presented during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York.
  • DSM’s CEO, Feike Sijbesma received the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the United Nations Association of New York in recognition for his commitment to corporate social responsibility in general and for DSM’s partnership with WFP in particular.

Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board: “DSM’s mission is to provide brighter lives for people today and generations to come. Our partnership with the UN WFP is about improving nutrition and fighting micronutrient deficiencies. As the world’s largest producer of vitamins and other micronutrients we have a clear responsibility to help solve the globe’s most solvable problem: hidden hunger. DSM is immensely proud of our partnership with WFP and intensifying this successful relationship has yielded the ambitious plan of more than doubling the number of beneficiaries over the next three years.”

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme: “Investing in nutrition solutions for the world’s most vulnerable people is an essential element of the fight against global hunger. With DSM’s continued support, WFP is committed to providing the right food at the right time, especially for children in the first 1,000 days of life. When building the potential of future generations, there is no substitute for good nutrition.”

for more information:

www.wfp.org/companies

http://www.dsm.com and www.nutritionimprovement.com

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