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Fighting micronutrient malnutrition: A challenge for global development

Two Chinese boys playing with a kite in a rice field

Over time, hidden hunger has a devastating impact, not only on the health and productivity of individuals but also on the social and economic development of a country. There is plentiful evidence that improving nutrition in developing countries is fundamental to breaking the cycle of poverty.

More specifically, providing the right nutrients to pregnant women and their infants is of vital importance. It is now known that optimizing the quality of nutrition during a critical 1,000 day window of opportunity from conception until a child reaches two years of age has a dramatic impact on its physical and cognitive development, and substantially improves its prospects in adulthood. High-quality nutrition in this phase lays the foundations for a future in which children grow up capable of leading the struggle for progress in their own communities and countries.

DSM’s Nutrition Improvement Program is well equipped to provide scientific and technical support, as well as high-quality micronutrients tailored to the needs of all segments of developing societies, in the fight against hidden hunger. We are passionately committed to joining forces with all stakeholders to work on sustainable, affordable and – most important – effective nutrition-based solutions to unlock the potential in every individual and make life brighter for everyone.