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DSM and WFP session at WEF on improving lives through nutrition

Heerlen, NL, 22 Jan 2012 10:00 CET

Nutrition is not only essential to good health and fighting the burden of disease, but is also a prerequisite to leading an economically productive life. Currently, over one billion people lack access to adequate food and nutrition. By 2050, the global population will exceed 9 billion people. At the same time, worldwide agricultural production will be increasingly challenged by climate change, water scarcity and volatility, raising the risk global food shortages. What can we do to make sure that we will be able to deliver an adequate level of the right nutrition to improve the lives of the people on this planet?
DSM and WFP session at WEF on improving lives through nutrition

'Increasing livelihoods by making nutrition accessible and effective'

On 26 January 2012 DSM and World Food Programme (WFP) organized a session on Nutrition entitled Increasing livelihoods by making nutrition accessible and effective at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

Leading experts from the field this session examined cross-sector approaches to delivering improved nutrition. Panelists and speakers discussed the potential of positively impacting national health, economic productivity and stability through improved nutrition. The aim of DSM and WFP is to build on the political will to alleviate malnutrition by mobilizing cross-stakeholder engagement across the globe.

The panel

  • Marc van Ameringen, Executive Director GAIN
  • Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer The Coca-Cola Company
  • David Nabarro, UN Special Representative
  • Kendall J. Powell, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer General Mills
  • Josette Sheeran. Executive Director WFP
  • Feike Sijbesma, CEO/Chairman of the Managing Board Royal DSM
  • Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel laureate, Professor at Columbia University

The session was moderated by Matthew Bishop, Bureau Chief The Economist, New York and brought together approximately 150 senior representatives from around the world representing business, governments, science and the NGO community.