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Better Nutrition

Goal

A partnership between Royal DSM, UNICEF, and Sight and Life aims to deliver better nutrition to at-risk children and mothers in Nigeria and advocate globally on the importance of increasing access to vital nutrients for children. The partnership has the objective of creating an enabling policy environment and strengthening the capacity of the Government of Nigeria to implement and scale up micronutrient supplementation in order to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in children and women. In India, this project focuses on workplace nutrition through the program Impact4Nutrition.

Description

Beginning in 2017, and guided by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals’ target of zero hunger (SDG 2), Sight and Life, Royal DSM and the UN children’s agency UNICEF, entered into a new partnership designed to deliver better nutrition to at-risk children and mothers in Nigeria. In Nigeria, undernutrition remains a major health and development challenge with stunting affecting over 13 million children under five years. After India, Nigeria has the highest number of wasted children globally. Deficiencies in key micronutrients such us iron, zinc, iodine, Vitamin A and folic acid widely affect the Nigerian population, mainly children and women.

Inadequate and/or poor diet of children is one of the main factors of the high stunting and wasting rates in Nigeria, where only 34.5% children 6-23 months old meet the minimum dietary diversity to grant adequate intake of micronutrients such as This partnership works to provide and advocate for access to vital nutrients during the critical first 1,000 days of life, from conception to the age of two years. Learn more about our collaboration in Nigeria here.

In India, this partnership works to support the government’s National Nutrition Mission through the unique public–private engagement: IMPAct4Nutrition (I4N). This first of its kind platform engages with private sector companies from all over India to make commitments toward improving workplace nutrition and integrating nutrition into corporate social responsibility programs. 

Key Facts & Figures
  • The MNP program reaches 3,000,000 children 6-23 months.  
  • Over 1 million children 6-59 months were reached with micronutrients powder in ten states of Nigeria as a result. 
  • 24 states in Nigeria integrated Micronutrients Powder as part of nutrition program to improve dietary diversity from the current 10 states to 24 states. 
  • The capacity of 300 government officials in Nigeria built in MNP programming as part of Infant and Young Child Feeding. 
  • Businesses have enhanced capacity and are aware of regulatory and quality issues around complementary foods and other nutrients including MNP. 
  • MMS has been integrated into micronutrient guidelines in Nigeria.
Klaus Kraemer
Status:
Current
Country:
Nigeria, India
Key Area of Work:
Technical expertise, Translating Science, Micronutrient Malnutrition, MMS, MNP, Public-Private Partnerships
Partners:
Nigeria UNICEF, DSM India UNICEF, CSRBOX, Fssai, Poshan Abhiyaan, UN Global Compact Network India, Confederation of Indian Industry, and The India Nutrition Initiative (TINI)

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