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Growing Improved Nutrition

Prioritizing the issue of malnutrition

Two billion people worldwide suffer from malnutrition, half of whom go to bed hungry every day. Poor nutrition causes nearly half of deaths in children under five – that’s 3.1 million children each year. Additionally, one in four of the world’s children suffer stunted growth which means their bodies fail to fully develop due to malnutrition. And adults who were malnourished as children earn at least 20% less on average than those who weren’t. The right nutrition in the critical first 1,000 days of life provides the foundation for children to thrive and nations to prosper.

In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2’s target of ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030, all sectors of society need to work together. With decades of experience in vitamin and mineral fortification of foods, beverages, supplements and others, DSM has unique expertise to develop products that can impact global nutrition, health and development.

Identified as a topic in DSM’s materiality matrix, DSM has prioritized the issue of malnutrition for nearly a decade and is an active advocate at global platforms on increased action for improved nutrition.

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DSM’s solutions and approach

As a leading micronutrient provider, DSM develops innovative solutions to fight hidden hunger, defined as the  micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) deficiency in a person’s diet. The company is committed to improving the nutrition of those two billion people suffering from hidden hunger by using our know-how. DSM’s Nutrition Improvement Program leads the innovative product development aimed at serving those at the bottom of the pyramid, as well as supporting the implementation of DSM’s nutrition-focused partnerships and looking for new social  business models to reach those in need.

Making nutrition aspirational, affordable and available

DSM strives to make nutrition aspirational, affordable and available by working in partnership with cross-sector partners including the UN World Food Programme, UNICEF and World Vision International.

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Through its continued support of the independent, non-profit humanitarian nutrition foundation Sight & Life (independent since 2015), DSM contributes to the body of knowledge and awareness on malnutrition and nutrition security. Sight & Life recognizes the impact on human health of multiple micronutrient deficiencies and their interactions. It also provides technical assistance in the fields of nutritional anemia and hidden hunger, and of emerging issues such as the double burden of malnutrition.