- January 23, 2018
- Most Recent, Perspectives
It has been a long journey since the founding of Sight and Life in 1986 and now is the time to advance Sight and Life to the next level.
“Adapting to the needs of the worlds most vulnerable populations, we now have a strategy in place and are well prepared to meet the requirements of a rapidly changing nutrition landscape.” – Dr Klaus Kraemer, Managing Director of Sight and Life
Take a look at our latest infographic below to learn about our goals and follow our quest to a world free from all forms of malnutrition.
Our Ambition and Strategy
Sight and Life delivers value in the nutrition sphere by accelerating the translation of research to innovative solutions at scale. Our work begins with a profound understanding of the biological factors that influence the nutritional status, how to add nutrition value to food value chains, and ends with research on healthy choices for consumers. We translate our scientific knowledge to build sustainable business models and public-sector programs that deliver best possible strategies to communities.
Our current partnerships expand into agriculture, academia, social protection, WASH, and social business. We are deeply committed to facilitating knowledge transfer, functional capacity and leadership on nutrition.
These ambitions are realized through our four strategic goals that focus on the challenges we see as critical over the next 5 years.
Goal 1: Recognized as a catalytic leader in micronutrient, protein, and lipid science
Our core focus of micronutrient science now expands to protein (essential amino acids) and lipids (essential LC-PUFA) due to the scientific evidence that protein and lipids are critical nutrients for growth. We are working to improve knowledge and awareness for sustainable protein and lipid sources.
Goal 2: Recognized as an innovator in implementation research
Implementation research is indispensable to design and deliver nutrition services and programs. There have been significant advances in products and technologies for nutrition; however, there are few strategies to take these innovations to scale. At Sight and Life, we work with partners to apply research and tools to improve the design and implementation of nutrition programs and services at scale. In addition, we specialize in delivery model validation for products and services in nutrition.
Goal 3: Prominent role in nutrition capacity building
As more sectors seek to integrate nutrition into their programs, there is a need and demand for nutrition information and expertise. Currently, knowledge in nutrition is fragmented, incomplete, and erroneous resulting in myths, taboos and beliefs that are unscientific, which negatively hamper our ability to eradicate malnutrition. Our goal is to disseminate nutrition knowledge based on scientific facts and to develop and strengthen capacity of professionals to deliver nutrition.
Goal 4: Recognized as a go-to partner for nutrition integration
The SDGs and climate change agenda will result in nutrition being increasingly positioned as an outcome of food security and agriculture policy. Greater attention is now placed on food systems and the participation of the private sector, entrepreneurs, and innovation throughout the value chain. Sight and Life has expertise to integrate nutrition into existing agriculture platforms and food value chain.
How we do it
We offer a comprehensive approach, because science alone will not solve malnutrition. We advance research and disseminate its findings, share best practices, and facilitate important dialogs to bring about transformative change in nutrition.
• Develop innovative products and services (market-based and public sector models)
• Create guidelines, recommendations, or frameworks based on scientific evidence for products and services
• Replicate and scale up evidence-based initiatives
• Build capacity and leadership by supporting technical capacity and knowledge transfer
• Build sustainable, recognized partnerships and coalitions
• Convene and participate in multi-stakeholder discussion on topics relevant to our core expertise
Sight and Life looks to improve the future by using our expertise and knowledge to successfully achieve our goals to improve the burden of malnutrition found around the world.