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Key Milestones

Sight and Life participated in the world’s largest conference on gender equality, health, wellbeing and rights of women and girls, the 2019 Women Deliver Cconference in Vancouver. Sight and Life along with partners organized Power for Mothers, a side event to addressing the paramount need to close the gap of maternal undernutrition, making the case for multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) during pregnancy, and how we can ensure all mothers get the critical vitamins and minerals they need. Compelling evidence shows that taking multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) during pregnancy reduces the risk of anemia in mothers and helps ensure babies are born healthy. But global recommendations lag behind the science, and many pregnant women cannot access MMS. This event triggered forward momentum and pushed for change in this space.


The 4th edition of the Elevator Pitch Contest by Sight and Life concepts for aspirational and affordable nutritious food products. On September 12, during the Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition (GISE) in Accra seven entrepreneurs pitched their innovations to a panel of judges. Zeenatu Suglo Adams from Pneuma Food Scientifics, a start-up that formulates great-tasting, affordable and nutritious snacks, is selected as this edition’s winner.


The egghub.org by Sight and Life launches as an online one-stop source for the most up-to-date information and research related to egg consumption and production in low and middle-income countries. This new website is dedicated specifically to eggs and aims to improve collaboration and innovation around our two core egg initiatives including the ‘egg hub’ and ‘egg powder, key to increasing the availability of eggs globally.

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Magazine: Data in Nutrition

In this issue of the Sight and Life Magazine, we used the data value chain as the organizing framework and invited authors who are thought leaders and practitioners not just to highlight the challenges along each step of the value chain but also to offer viable solutions that are pushing the envelope.


Key Milestones

Sight and Life hosted a second Elevator Pitch Contest, during the American Society for Nutrition conference, held in Boston, calling on young scientists and entrepreneurs to submit their concepts to improve nutrition assessment. Of the even entrepreneurs selected to pitch their innovations to a panel of discerning judges. Anne-Julie Tessier, from Canada’s McGill University, awarded 1st place with her dietary intake innovation named Keenoa, an artificial intelligence based food diary accessed through a mobile application. Students and young professionals respond to a call for proposals to reduce or eliminate exposure to aflatoxin-contaminated foods and feed as part of the 2018 Elevator Pitch Contest (EPC), as developed by the collaboration between Sight and Life, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Mars, Incorporated and Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN). Six young innovators from around the globe pitched their ideas to a panel of experts, judges and potential investors for thise 3rd edition of the Elevator Pitch Contest. After much deliberation, Sight and Life proudly announcesd entrepreneurs Alexandra Warrington from Future Food Now, and Alexandra Sanderson of Kumwe Harvest will both be awarded the prestigious prize and seed money for their ideas to reduce aflatoxins!

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Magazine: Scaling up Rice Fortification in West Africa

Welcome to the third Sight and Life Rice Fortification Supplement, which focuses on the African continent, more specifically, the West African region.


Sight and Life Magazine: Double Burden of Malnutrition

This edition of the Sight and Life Magazine focuses on Double Burden of Malnutrition and the challenges and opportunities the global community now faces in addressing all forms of malnutrition.


Sight and Life Magazine : Product Innovation

This edition of the Sight and Life Magazine focuses on food product innovation and the huge potential it has to help us address key challenges in the journey to a sustainable planet that is free from all forms of malnutrition.

Key Milestones

Sight and Life proudly presents the two winners of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award at the SUN Global Gathering in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Dr Shilpa Bhatte and Dr Ellen Piwoz are recognized as inspirational leaders in the nutrition field, making concrete steps towards the global vision of a healthier tomorrow.


Our continued efforts in advancing research lead to the release of the book: The Biology of the First 1,000 Days, which addresses this crucial interval of early life across biological disciplines, including the effects of dietary and environmental elements on growth, development and long term health outcomes. This unique cross-disciplinary lense links concepts related to all biological fields to outcomes during the first 1,000 days and beyond.

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Sight and Life Magazine: Technology and Entrepreneurship

This edition of the Sight and Life Magazine navigates various approaches in which technology and entrepreneurship can improve the nutrition landscape around the world.


Sight and Life Magazine: Focus on Food Culture

This issue of Sight and Life Magazine focuses on food culture and we have curated contributions that explore the social and cultural domains of food choices and food experiences more broadly.


Sight and Life Supplement: Scaling Up Rice Fortification in English Magazine

Over the past decades, scaling up of rice fortification has been hampered by technological limitations. Today, affordable technology exists to produce fortified rice kernels that look and taste like non-fortified rice.

Key Milestones

In collaboration with PATH and local partners in Karnataka, India, Sight and Life works to improve nutrition status and build healthy hygiene habits amongst school children. The program provides a nutrient-rich meal of fortified rice while promoting good hygiene habits through peer role models, games, and problem-based learning in 2,600 schools in the Indian state of Karnataka.The book “Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st Century,” detailing global nutrition from leading experts, is co-edited by Sight and Life. Alongside nutrition science experts from Johns Hopkins University, Washington University, and the National Institutes of Health, Sight and Life is advancing research. Exploratory research demonstrates that protein and essential amino acids are key to eliminating stunting. This work has placed the intake of high-quality protein such as animal-source foods back on the global agenda. We provide further insights into stunting, essential amino acids, and micronutrients.


Sight and Life founds the Elevator Pitch Contest (EPC), a unique platform for young innovators to present their nutrition solution concept as part of an interactive approach with a distinguished team of experts, potential investors, and the nutrition science community. Sight and Life is a proud partner and participant of the 4th of the Micronutrient Forum Global Conference in Cancun, Mexico. Here, we host the inaugural Elevator Pitch Contest. Along with the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition, we also hold a symposium exploring ways in which implementation research could not only improve program coverage but also make better use of programs.

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Magazine: Women's Nutrition

While optimal nutrition for older infants and young children is currently a global focus, we must not forget that women’s nutrition is also critical.


The Future Fortified Global Summit on Food Fortification: Event Proceedings

Hundreds of millions still go to bed hungry every night. Many more suffer from micronutrient malnutrition or “hidden hunger,” experiencing deficiencies in key vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, iodine, iron and folate.


Sight and Life Magazine: Food System

A food system considers the multiple activities, resources and actors engaged in producing, processing, distributing and consuming food.

Key Milestones

Sight and Life evolves its status to that of a Swiss foundation.


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s director of nutrition, Dr Shawn Baker, receives the 4th Sight and Life. Nutrition Leadership award during an event celebrating dedicated leadership and nutrition driving implementation at the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Global Gathering.


Together with DSM, Sight and Life incubates Sizanani Mzanzi, a micro-franchising-focused business, dedicated to bringing affordable, nutritious foods to vulnerable children and women in South Africa. Member states agree to develop a set of sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to build upon the MDGs and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. Food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture is one of the SDGs, and is recognized as being at the heart of the development.

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Sight and Life Magazine: Goodbye MDGs Hello SDGs

Nutrition has come a long way since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came into being in 2000 following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.


Sight and Life Magazine: Frontiers in Nutrition

The aim of Frontiers in Nutrition is to integrate major scientific disciplines in this vast field in order to address the most relevant and pertinent questions and developments.


Sight and Life Magazine: Scaling up Rice Fortification in Asia

The Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Asia workshop, held in Bangkok, Thailand, (September 2014), brought together 200 stakeholders including government decision-makers and technical staff, and national, regional and global technical experts from a range of institutions and agencies including the United Nations (UN), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, the private sector, and donors.

Key Milestones

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and DSM announce a renewed commitment to prevent micronutrient deficiencies with the launch of the Sight and Life Global Nutrition Research Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Sight and Life broadens its focus as a think tank, to include implementation science, capacity building, and leadership development. Dr Anna Lartey, Director of Nutrition at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is honored with the 3rd Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award.

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Magazine: Science and Implementation

“The Society convenes and promotes dialogue among scientists, policy leaders, and practitioners to advance research on the delivery of nutrition interventions world-wide”


Bridging Discovery and Delivery Micronutrient Forum Global Conference Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2–6 June 2014

The Micronutrient Forum (MN Forum) – like its predecessor, the Iron and Vitamin A Consultative Groups – has long been a strong convener of academics, policy makers, and program implementers with an interest in learning and sharing evidence and programmatic experiences related to micronutrients.


Nutrition and Nutrients

Welcome to this special issue of Sight and Life magazine with its focus on nutrients. This issue is very timely, given that the importance of nutrients – and crucially of access to nutrients – is clearer than ever before.

Key Milestones

We become the principal technical partner in the Affordable Nutritious Food for Women (ANF4W) project in Ghana, established by the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusamenarbeit (GIZ), to increase the local supply and demand of affordable nutritious foods and focusing on women of reproductive age. Sight and Life awards Dr Robert Black, as chair of the Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group, the 2nd Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Magazine:Focus on Africa

It is an exciting time to be a nutritionist in Afr ica – a profession that is “IN”, working in a continent that has an opportunity to show that it can turn the negative into a positive; that it can deliver.


Sight and Life Magazine:Home Fortification with Micronutrient Powders (MNP)

The provision of micronutrients is ranked as one of the most cost-effective interventions for economic development according to the 2012 Copenhagen Consensus.


Sight and Life Magazine:Focus on Latin America

I joined the Sight and Life team in November 2012 and I am very happy to support our global operations from our office in Kaiseraugst, Switzerland.


Sight and Life Magazine:Focus on India

Nutrition Evidence – the Challenge of Moving to Implementation Assessment It’s with some irony that this India special of Sight and Life Mag- azine coincides with the publication of the Deworming and En- hanced Vitamin A (DEVTA1) study.

Key Milestones

Dr David Nabarro, representing the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, is award the very 1st Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Magazine: Celebrating of 100 years

As Sight and Life shares its success story and outlines its work in the fight against blindness and micronutrient malnutrition, special tribute is paid to the many people and organizations affiliated with Sight and Life who have, over the years, helped alleviate suffering and prevent sickness in the poorest of the poor communities around the world.


Sight and Life Magazine: VOL. 26 (2) | 2012

The Silo Effect – And What We Can Do About It At the recent Child Survival: Call to Action event in Washington, D.C, a new child survival goal of 20 or fewer child deaths per 1,000 live births by 2035 was set.


Sight and Life Magazine: VOL. 26 (1) | 2012

It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that this magazine would not exist but for the work of the Polish-American biochemist Casimir Funk.

Key Milestones

We celebrate 25 years of service to science and humanity, having donated $36 million USD and supported some 3,350 projects in over 80 countries.

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Magazine: VOL. 25 (3) | 2011

The food crisis which has been developing for years has found poignant expression in the current sufferings of the people in the Horn of Africa.


Sight and Life Magazine: VOL. 25 (2) | 2011

As Sight and Life commemorates 25 years of service to science and humanity, it is appropriate that we ask ourselves if our existence has made at least some difference to the way in which micronutrient malnutrition is addressed or has helped ensure that this issue receives greater attention within the ever noisier global public health and nutrition space.


Sight and Life Magazine: VOL. 25 (1) | 2011

Based on results from a study conducted in Zanzibar2 and other bodies of evidence, it was concluded that untargeted iron supplementation may increase child morbidity and mortality from malaria in the absence of monitoring and treatment programs.

Key Milestones

The Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN) is created with the support of Sight and Lifes, which is also a signatory member.

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Magazine: Issue No 3/2010

At SIGHT AND LIFE, we see it as one of our key roles to be a strong advocate for targeted policies and effective programs that bring measurable nutritional benefits to some of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people.


Sight and Life Magazine: Issue No 2/2010

In my previous editorial, I spoke about the need to make better nutrition for the world’s poor a reality, particularly in light of the commitments made by world leaders in September 2000 to reduce extreme poverty and attain the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing poverty, hunger and mortality by 2015.


Sight and Life Magazine: Issue 1/2010

The last decade was a big success in world history. Or was it, considering that, at the turn of the decade, there were one billion hungry people, 129 million underweight and 195 million stunted children, and approximately 2 billion people suffering from hidden hunger?

Key Milestones

Sight and Life supports the creation of the Home Fortification Technical Advisory Group (HF-TAG), comprising stakeholders from the public, private, academic, and non-governmental organization sectors.

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Magazine: 3/2009 • Supplement

Since its establishment in 2006, the Micronutrient Forum has played an international role as a catalyst and convener for sharing expertise, insights, and experience relevant to the control of micronutrient deficiencies and their consequences around the globe.


Sight and Life Magazine: Issue No 3/2009

The world’s population, especially in less developed countries, is expected to continue expanding. This growth is occurring together with a demographic transition due to increases in lifespan, and decreases in mortality and fertility.


Sight and Life Magazine: Issue No 2/2009

Inflationary food prices, a global economic downturn, and climate change – this confluence of ills is worsening the plight of the world’s most vulnerable populations, and exacerbating long-term inequities in food and health.


Sight and Life Magazine: Issue No 1/2009

As the world struggles to come to grips with the realities of a global recession led by the most progressive economic democracies, influential thinkers and policy makers have started to look upon the idea of social innovation as a new guiding principle for economic recovery efforts.

Key Milestones

The MixMe™ Micronutrient Powder Supplement wins Sight and Life, along with our partners the World Food Programme and DSM, the UK’s Chemical Industry News & Intelligence ICIS Award for Best Innovation.

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Magazine: Issue No 3/2008

Since 2002, the Research and Technological Exchange Group (GRET), the Institute Recherche pour le Development (IRD), SIGHT AND LIFE, and the National Institute for Nutrition (NIN) in Vietnam have worked together closely through the Fasevie program to develop a strategy to improve the nutrition of school-age children.


Sight and Life Magazine: Issue No 2/2008

For the first time in the post-green-revolution era, the world is experiencing a dramatic and protracted surge in food prices, attributable to a complex combination of short-term cyclical and long-term structural factors that include lower agricultural production, weather shocks, greater demand for grainfed livestock among a growing global middle class, biofuel development from grain crops, food stock hoarding, and globalized trade in food commodities.


Sight and Life Magazine: Issue No 1/2008 Children

The first National Family Health Survey (NFHS-1) was launched in 1992–93 to collect comprehensive and nationally representative data on the health and nutrition situation of India.

Key Milestones

Sight and Life catalyzes the formation of a public-private partnership between the World Food Programme and DSM, and becomes the partnership’s nutrition science hub. This same year, the Micronutrient Forum acknowledges Sight and Life for its longstanding commitment to the alleviation of micronutrient malnutrition.

Notable Publications


Sight and Life Magazine: Issue No 2/2007

As the multinational participants gathered for the opening reception before the Micronutrient Forum’s inaugural meeting, an interested by stander was overheard to ask, “What are micronutrients?” Micro nut rients (MN), of course, are essen tial substances present in diets in very small amounts and include the vitamins and a number of important minerals, without which we would die or life would be severely impaired.


Sight and Life Magazine: Issue No 1/2007

“The life science industry is able to make a major contribution to fighting global malnutrition and hunger,” stated Feike Sijbesma (President of SIGHT AND LIFE and incoming CEO of DSM) at a special session of the BioVision conference in Lyon.

Key Milestones

Dr Martin Frigg steps down as Secretary-General, handing on the torch to Dr Klaus Kraemer.

Notable Publications

Sight and Life Newsletter 3/2005

Correspondents: Bruno de Benoist, William S. Blaner, George Britton, Omar Dary, Frances R. Davidson, John W. Erdman, Jr., Tracey Goodman, Philip Harvey, Richard F.


Sight and Life Newsletter 2/2005

It is a great pleasure to introduce myself to the SIGHT AND LIFE community as the new Secretary. I succeed Martin Frigg who isretiring after many years devoted to making many lives more livable.


Sight and Life Newsletter 1/2005

In determining vitamin A status the measurement of retinol in blood is still the most accepted method of assessment. Since the retinol level in blood is homeostatically controlled and the liver stores have to be depleted to see a decrease, serum retinol is not a perfect indicator for vitamin A status.

Key Milestones

Sight and Life receives the IVACG Award for 15 years of contributions to global vitamin A deficiency and control. Sight and Life transfers to DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, after it acquisition of Roche’s vitamins and fine chemicals division.

Key Milestones

Having seen the organization provide 16 million doses of vitamin A, Sight and Life’s first Secretary-General Dr John Gmünder steps down and is followed by Dr Martin Frigg.

Notable Publications



Making an Impact

Over three years, Sight and Life’s vitamin A intervention programs support 52 projects in 29 countries, reaching thousands of children. The decision is made to continue Sight and Life’s work. Sight and Life receives the Spirit of Helen Keller Award in recognition of its work towards the eradication of vitamin A deficiency in developing countries.

Notable Publications



Key Milestones

RF Hoffman-LaRoche Ltd. launches the Sight and Life Task Force to help combat xerophthalmia, and reduce child death rates. The task to force was originally set up for three years.

Notable Publications



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