Malnutrition affects 3 billion people worldwide,1 a crisis of astonishing scale which is too often underestimated and overlooked. dsm-firmenich is committed to contributing our expertise and resources to end malnutrition and hunger worldwide – and not only with the provision of Solutions for Essential and Equitable Nutrition. We campaign tirelessly to ensure that the global malnourished are seen, so that hunger is never hidden.
Too frequently malnutrition is perceived to be a consequence of natural disasters, war and disease. But this preventable condition is something billions live with – and die from – everyday. Malnutrition is a contributing factor in approximately 45% of deaths of children under the age of five.2 Many of these children will have nutrient-deficient mothers, which is a contributing factor in child malnutrition.3 With as many as two-thirds of women of reproductive age deficient in the key nutrients required for healthy growth and development, combating female malnutrition is critical for improving outcomes for communities and the socioeconomic development of countries.1
With the shocking magnitude of malnutrition clearly evident, we have an obligation to take immediate, meaningful action to work collaboratively and provide cost-effective nutritional interventions to resolve this. The time for underestimating and overlooking this crisis is over. We must tackle this urgent global emergency head-on to substantially improve quality of life for those most in need.
Malnutrition has previously been grossly underestimated. Until 2022, changemakers worldwide held the belief that 2 billion were affected by hidden hunger, but new research has demonstrated that the figure was far below the scope of the real problem. Over half of all preschool-aged children and two-thirds of women or reproductive age are deficient in the key nutrients required for healthy growth and development.1 Malnutrition is clearly a far bigger issue than previously through and darkly colours the lives of over 3 billion people globally.
With the shocking magnitude of malnutrition now evident, we have an obligation to take immediate, meaningful action to provide cost-effective nutritional interventions and work collaboratively toward ending malnutrition in all its forms. The time for underestimating and overlooking this crisis over. We must tackle this urgent international emergency head-on to substantially improve quality of life for those most in need.
From health systems to agricultural development, the underlying factors contributing to global malnutrition are complex and multidimensional. To support the world’s most vulnerable populations, we aim to positively transform access to nutrition by spearheading radical public and private collaboration initiatives. dsm-firmenich is committed to fighting malnutrition alongside our partners in governments, agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector.
Our existing partnerships create a profound impact, as each collaborator contributes its world-class capabilities in science, advocacy, capacity building and more, all while united under a common purpose to improve global nutrition. We focus our collective efforts on creating meaningful change with on-the-ground initiatives that are tailored to local contexts. By working together with partners who share our values, we build inclusive business models that provide underserved communities with sustainable access to effective nutritional solutions.
Purpose and commercial success can go hand in hand. Through scalable, economical and sustainable nutritional system interventions, we can all play a part in achieving this shared goal.
As a global leader in nutritional science, dsm-firmenich contributes our unparalleled expertise to empower our partners to deliver greater access to essential micronutrients. We draw on our legacy of nutritional excellence to provide actionable guidance on developing impactful nutritional intervention solutions that address humanitarian and developmental needs.
We support our private sector partners to expand into new markets and deliver purpose-led science-backed nutritional solutions that improve the condition of the world’s most vulnerable. These reciprocal partnerships benefit communities through collaborations with local food producers and processers, promoting sustainable business growth as they enhance nutrition security for those who need it most. Our ambition is to broaden our network of public and private sector partners to increase the availability of nutritional solutions and end hidden hunger for all by 2030.
Our existing partnerships create a profound impact, as each collaborator contributes its world-class capabilities in science, advocacy, capacity building and more, all while united under a common purpose: to improve global nutrition. We focus on-the-ground initiatives that are tailored to local context. By working together with partners who share our values, we build inclusive business models that provide underserved communities with sustainable acces to effective nutritional solutions. As our network of global partners expands, it grows in strength and efficacy, empowering those who need most to be seen and bringing progress to llife.
dsm-firmenich is committed to improving outcomes for mothers and babies worldwide through advocacy and by providing nutritional solutions which promote wider uptake, such as single-sachet multiple micronutrient powders that can be mixed into any semi-solid food.
We support comprehensive workforce nutrition programs that encompass nutritional education and fortified food to make nutritious choices accessible for employees across sectors.
dsm-firmenich champions school feeding programs that provide access to nutritious meals so that children can grow, learn and thrive. Through cross-sector collaboration, we develop fortified products that are tailored to local tastes and served in school cafeterias to improve the nutritional profile of meals.