DSM, UNICEF, Sight and Life extends pact to address malnutrition

By Will Chu

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DSM, UNICEF, Sight and Life extends pact to address malnutrition

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Nutrition giants DSM have renewed their partnership with UNICEF and nutrition think tank and incubator Sight and Life that seeks to improve nutrition for at-risk groups in Sub Saharan Africa and Asia.

Established in 2013, the partnership looks to promote increased and sustainable access to better nutrition for mothers and children.

Swiss-based Sight and Life, adds that the partnership also wants to support youth to reach their maximum potential by providing access to vital nutrition and development opportunities, while sharing lessons learnt regionally and globally.

“As a purpose-led leader in the science of healthy nutrition, we’ve been applying our resources and expertise to create positive change,”​ explains Herman Betten, Vice President Strategic Partnerships at DSM.

“With our recently announced food system commitments we are taking a next step by making our societal impact explicit and measurable.

“We look forward to stepping this up, together with our public and private sector partners, such as UNICEF, to ensure accessible, affordable, healthy nutrition and healthy livelihoods within our planet’s boundaries.”

Nutrition and funding

In the partnership, DSM offer its in-depth expertise on nutrition and the DSM Brighter Living Foundation provides essential funding.

The partnership will also play an important role in contributing to DSM’s food system commitments, which include a target to close the micronutrient gap suffered by 800m people by 2030.

With these commitments, DSM aims to strengthen sustainable food systems and improving resilience by increasing access to, demand for and consumption of more nutritious foods – particularly among the most vulnerable.

Suzanne Laszlo, UNICEF’s Netherlands Director, commented: “Partnering with the private sector is how we can achieve impact at scale in these challenging times.

“When we see the numbers of malnourished children rising rapidly, it is of utmost importance that we cooperate and have shared ambitions.

“Every child has a right to grow up healthy and strong, and this renewed partnership will help even more children across the world to realize that right.”

Holistic nutrition

Klaus Kraemer, Managing Director of Sight and Life, commented: “We think of nutrition holistically and do our part to tackle malnutrition amongst the world’s most vulnerable populations.

“We apply our deep understanding of the science, our experience and best practices into sustainable, consumer-centric solutions.

“We push the envelope by promoting evidence-based methods to advance equitable and resilient food systems that deliver nutritious foods.“

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