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Working to eliminate malnutrition globally

Two billion people worldwide are deficient in one or more essential vitamins and minerals. Often referred to as ‘micronutrients’ because they are needed only in minuscule amounts, these substances are described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the ‘magic wands’ that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development. Eliminating micronutrient deficiencies, also known as ‘hidden hunger’, has been the focus of a partnership between DSM, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Sight and Life since 2007. DSM possesses advanced technical and financial resources, while WFP has extensive delivery mechanisms in countries where vitamin and mineral deficiencies are most prevalent. The third partner, Sight and Life, provides its expertise in research, advocacy, demand generation, and behavior change communication.

Over the years, the partnership has shown itself to be a remarkably effective model for disseminating innovation and developing interventions to prevent and treat micronutrient deficiencies.