Healthy diets for all within planetary boundaries

Tackling malnutrition

Helping vulnerable people

Getting better food to undernourished children makes them 33% more likely to escape the vicious cycle of poverty (according to our long-term partner the World Food Programme). There are many statistics on the challenge we face in feeding the world, but this one summarizes the life-changing role that better nutrition can play in giving vulnerable people everywhere a brighter future (especially in the first 1,000 days of life). It’s why we’re focused on using all the great nutritional science at our disposal to end ‘hidden hunger’, a condition of deficiencies in vitamins and minerals that afflicts two billion people worldwide.

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When it comes to tackling malnutrition, we take our lead from the SDGs - particularly SDG 2, which advocates ‘zero hunger’ and aims to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.

Affordable nutrition for micronutrient-deficient populations

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of vitamins, nutritional ingredients and food fortification technologies we’re well placed to develop and deliver better nutrition for people deficient in these ingredients. It’s why at DSM our team working on Nutritional Improvement provides a range of nutrient-rich foods ranging from micronutrient powders to fortified rice while working with humanitarian organizations, food companies and social enterprises to reach broad populations at scale.

We’re putting all our nutritional science expertise to good use by helping people who are malnourished lead fuller lives. It’s a big job: worldwide, more than 800 million people are still chronically undernourished, while around two billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. However, our essential micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are now fortifying the diets of approximately 100 million people every year..

Working in partnership

One great way to improve food for people in Africa is to work with Africa Improved Foods (AIF). So, we invested in a factory in Kigali, Rwanda, that produces fortified foods for 1.5 million malnourished children and young women… every day. Soon we expect that number to hit two million people – which will reduce growth stunting in Rwandan children by 6% (from 38% to 32% by 2020) – giving tens of thousands of youngsters increased hope of fulfilling their potential in life.

But that’s only part of the story. Around 300 staff members work at the factory, producing porridge flours with added milk powder, vitamins, and minerals. And all this is based on the produce of around 9,000 local farmers, working towards healthier and brighter lives for all.

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Advocating

We work with a broad and diverse range of organizations across the world to shape and influence the nutrition agenda. We do so in different coalitions and partnerships addressing the different forms of malnutrition, as well as shifting the food system to healthy and sustainable production and consumption. This includes our long-standing partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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  • Reducing food loss & waste

    To tackle food loss and waste we’re helping to create more resource-efficient food production, ingenious packaging, antioxidants that keep food nutritious and safe, and better animal nutrition.

  • Nourishing the needy

    As the leading science-based supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and nutritional lipids, DSM is addressing Hidden Hunger.

  • Fortifying our diets

    As a partner that takes care of consumers’ wellbeing, we worked with our main Mexican customers to stimulate fortification and promote the nutritional value of their brands.

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