Partnerships are crucial for success
In addition to our own network, NIP experts use their technical and scientific know-how to support DSM’s partnerships with:
- WFP, World Food Programme
- World Vision
- One Goal
- PFS, Partners in Food Solutions
- AIM, Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition
World Food Programme
DSM has been partnering with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest provider of food aid to the world’s hungry, since 2007. The WFP feeds and nourishes an average of 90 million people in over 80 countries every year, with DSM providing expertise, products and financial assistance under the «Improving Nutrition – Improving Lives» program.
NIP specialists play an active role in this partnership by developing, in collaboration with WFP, products tailored to meet the special dietary needs of specific target groups.
“The UN World Food Programme cherishes our partnership with DSM, because through it we have learned so much. DSM is the world’s leader in nutritional products for human health, and thanks to their leadership and support, WFP has joined in the march of human discovery. In five years, this partnership has moved from counting calories to understanding the nutritional needs of people we serve.*”
* Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) at special event hosted by DSM and Sight and Life to celebrate progress and promise of 100 Years Of Vitamins.
DSM and World Vision International joined forces in 2013 to jointly address malnutrition in developing countries, starting with a flagship project in Tanzania called Miller’s Pride. This programme is working to fortify hammer mill-produced maize flour with essential micronutrients, reaching a largely underserved population. In addition to the fortification, DSM and World Vision are working with the millers to build business expertise, improve food safety and increase markets and profits for the millers.
“As the world’s leading producer of vitamins and other micronutrients we have a clear responsibility to help solve the globe’s most solvable problem: hidden hunger. Our partnership with World Vision will help provide nourishment to vulnerable children. We will begin our work together in Tanzania, where we will fortify flour and build local capacity and understanding to provide genuinely sustainable solutions,” says Royal DSM’s Managing Board Member Stephan Tanda.
Partners in Food Solutions
DSM was one of the first corporate partners of the initiative Partners in Food Solutions. This non-profit organization harnesses the business and technical expertise of volunteer employees at General Mills, Cargill, Bühler, The Hershey Company and DSM for the benefit of small food processors throughout Africa. The goal is to improve the ability of those companies to produce high-quality, nutritious and safe food at affordable prices, and to increase demand for the crops of smallholder farmers who supply those businesses.
Partners in Food Solutions is currently assisting food companies in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and other countries. Through infrastructure development and human-capital development, the program is helping to build a vibrant, sustainable food supply chain and so attain a more secure future.
Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition
DSM is a founding member of the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM), which was established in 2009 as a Dutch public-private partnership. It is a joint initiative of GAIN, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Unilever, AkzoNobel, Wageningen University and ICCO.
The initiative represents an opportunity to combine the know-how of major players in the food and nutrition industry in six countries: Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana and Mozambique. AIM’s goal is to eliminate malnutrition for 100 million people in Africa by 2015.
Its efforts will focus on:
- Jointly developing and piloting innovative models to reach low income populations, by engaging them not only as consumers, but also as producers, suppliers or distributors in the value chain;
- Improving supply and access to affordable nutritious products;
- Reducing vitamin and mineral deficiencies by 20 percent;
- Targeting vulnerable populations, especially children and mothers.