A partnership between dsm-firmenich, UNICEF and Sight and Life (SAL) seeks to deliver better nutrition to at-risk children and pregnant women in Nigeria and advocate the importance of increasing access to vital nutrients during the critical first 1,000 days of a child’s life for optimal physical and cognitive development. The partnership aims at creating an enabling policy environment and strengthening the capacity of governments to implement and scale-up micronutrient programs to help reduce deficiencies in children and women. Through advocacy and the mobilization of stakeholders in the private and public sectors, the partnership is helping to improve awareness and teach mothers and children the benefits of consuming nutritious food and healthier diets.
Inadequate and/or poor diet is one of the main reasons for high stunting and wasting rates in Nigeria, where only 34.5% children in the 6-23-month age group meet the minimum dietary diversity needed to obtain adequate intake of micronutrients. This partnership focuses on implementation science and seeks to improve the impact of micronutrient interventions.
dsm-firmenich, Sight and Life, and UNICEF aim to develop these programs further and to expand the partnership into other countries on the African continent, starting in 2023.