SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS /
At GAIN, we collaborate efforts with other nutrition organizations to ensure the success of the nutrition sector as a whole.
We are calling for a goal on agriculture and nutrition security to be included in the new Sustainable Development Goals — the targets for international development that will be adopted by governments across the globe in 2015.
It is encouraging that the UN Open Working Group has put ending hunger, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture high on the list of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will succeed the MDGs. By the time the SDGs expire in 2030, the expectation is that the international community will have put an end to hunger and all forms of malnutrition.
However, demographic shifts and climate change are increasing food insecurity for large numbers of the world’s population. And, as cheap, empty calories enter the diets of consumers across the globe, more and more low- and middle-income countries will grapple with the double burden of malnutrition and rising obesity. From tackling food deserts to taking on the unhealthy marketing practices of some large food companies, the post-2015 system must be flexible enough to adapt to these new challenges.
SUN BUSINESS NETWORK /
In December 2012, the World Food Programme and GAIN launched the SUN Business Network (SBN) to promote business engagement in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement.
The SUN movement was launched in 2010 to encourage national leadership and collective action to improve nutrition in more than 50 countries. The Sun Business Network aims to build a network of businesses — food, non-food, multinational and local — to develop the profitable, sustainable and innovative business models required to scale up nutrition. The Sun Business Network supports countries to develop their own country-led, multi-stakeholder approaches to scaling up nutrition with businesses and entrepreneurs.
BUSINESS PLATFORM FOR NUTRITION RESEARCH /
Launched in mid-2013, the Business Platform for Nutrition Research (BPNR) applies the research capacities of global businesses to help define, fund and disseminate new research to improve nutrition in the developing world.
The founding 10 companies are Ajinomoto, Arla Foods, BASF, Britannia, Royal DSM, GlaxoSmithKline, Mars Inc., Nutriset and PepsiCo. With involvement of donors, academia and civil society, the platform’s objective is to develop research that will reduce barriers to entry for new products and technologies that can improve nutrition.
The first two areas of research the platform will explore are bioavailability and biomarkers of nutritional status, and behaviour change communication. In the future, research will likely focus on topics including food safety, implementation science, and links between undernutrition and infectious disease.
The BPNR promotes transparency and rigor in all its work, and is co-funded by a generous contribution from the Government of Canada.
AMSTERDAM INITIATIVE AGAINST MALNUTRITION (AIM) /
The Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition was launched in 2009 as a joint project of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch NGO ICCO, multinational corporations, DSM and AkzoNobel, the Wageningen University and GAIN. Today, AIM brings 30 partners together to explore innovative and sustainable solutions to address malnutrition.
AIM uses a market-based approach and develops new social business models to make sure projects are financially sustainable in the long-term — designed to encourage product innovation, value chain optimization and the use of locally produced ingredients. The goal is to create systemic change and address barriers to market entry for nutritious products.
AIM’s strategy consists of three pillars: the incubator for new project ideas; the implementation of pilots, where the market-based interventions are tested for nutritional impact and economic feasibility; and the roll-out, where successful pilot projects are scaled up.
The initiative is currently focused on Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Ethiopia. At the moment, AIM is implementing 8 projects that intervene on different aspects of malnutrition: providing healthy water and good hygienic practices; improving the nutritional value of dried vegetables through innovative processing techniques; assisting the local production and retail distribution of multinutrient powders; incentivizing milk products fortification; developing retail hubs for nutritious products; producing and distributing fortified food additives; supporting quality & assurance labs; providing access to finance.
GAIN NORDIC PARTNERSHIP /
GAIN’s Nordic Partnership joins forces to ensure affordable nutritious and safe products to poor consumers and vulnerable groups.
It is a multi-sector platform with an ambition to facilitate scalable and inclusive business models, which enhance the nutritional value of food in developing countries. The platform brings together companies, civil society, academia and the public sector to bridge knowledge and goals. GAIN Nordic Partnership is a forum for collaboration, action and knowledge sharing.
Our founding partners are Arla Foods Ingredients, TetraPak, Confederation of Danish Industries, DanChurchAid and GAIN. The platform secretariat is supported by Karl Pedersen og Hustrus Industrifond.