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DSM, UNICEF and Sight and Life extend global partnership to address malnutrition

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The DSM, UNICEF and Sight and Life partnership first began in 2013 to leverage their combined experience in public-private partnerships to create transformational impact at scale

Royal DSM, UNICEF, and Swiss-based nutrition think tank and incubator Sight and Life have renewed their long-term partnership to deliver better nutrition for at-risk groups in countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The partners also aim to expand their work to Latin America for the first time.

With the number of people that will go hungry this year predicted to rise rapidly to around 1 billion – more than one in ten of the world’s population – the three organisations will draw on their complementary competencies to address malnutrition at scale while maximising impact, shared value creation, and co-creating systemic change.

UNICEF provides extensive on-the-ground knowledge, program experience, and connections with governments and development partners at both local and international levels. Sight and Life contributes by conducting implementation research and disseminating relevant learnings for advocacy purposes. DSM offers in-depth expertise on nutrition and the DSM Brighter Living Foundation provides essential funding.

In India, the partnership is focused on mobilising companies to improve the nutritional literacy of their workers and their families, as well as those of their customers and suppliers. Through the platform Impact4Nutrition (I4N), more than 200 pledged companies so far have contributed pro bono resources to reach almost 2.5 million people across the country to date.

Suzanne Laszlo, UNICEF’s Netherlands Director commented, “Partnering with the private sector is how we can achieve impact at scale in these challenging times. When we see the numbers of malnourished children rising rapidly, it is of utmost importance that we cooperate and have shared ambitions. Every child has a right to grow up healthy and strong, and this renewed partnership will help even more children across the world to realize that right.”

 

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