GAIN Nordic Partnership /

GAIN Nordic partners join forces to ensure affordable nutritious and safe products to poor consumers and vulnerable groups.
It is a multi-sector platform with the ambition to facilitate scalable and inclusive business modes, which enhance the nutritional value of food in developing countries. The platform brings together companies, civil society, academia and public sector to bridge knowledge and goals. GAIN Nordic is a forum for collaboration, action and knowledge sharing.
Our funding partners are Arla Foods Ingredients, TetraPak, Confederation of Danish Industries, and DanChurchAid. The platform secretariat is supported by Karl Pedersen og Hustrus Industrifond.

Listen to Charlotte Pedersen, GAIN Nordic coordinator, podcast explaining about lessons learned on “how we can build and activate a multi-stakeholder coalition with ambitious goals and diversified partners”

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Why join? /

Innovative partnerships across sectors, industries, and business disciplines are needed to solve the complex problems of malnutrition. GAIN Nordic provides a partnership platform for your business to get involved in achieving the global goals (SGDs), especially related to ensure food and nutrition security (SDG2).

We support your organization in finding the right entry points for your business to create impact:

  • Involving your core business people in co-creating new business opportunities
  • Leveraging your value chains to optimize sustainable sourcing
  • Integrate CSR in your business and ensure “license to operate”
  • Engaging employers to build employee satisfaction and to raise funds for specific projects
  • Joining pre-competitive R&D projects to secure your future
  • Leveraging communication to increase visibility and inspire others

To achieve this the GAIN Nordic secretariat can assists with the following activities:

  • Partnership brokering and facilitation
  • Opportunity development and execution
  • Inclusive business modeling
  • Network and events
  • Resource mobilization

Involving your core business people in co-creating new business opportunities

With partners we experiment and develop new business models and value propositions in parts of the world where your products, solutions and expertise can play a crucial role to catalyse sustainable market development. Together, we explore how your business can reach new markets and consumer segments, which today do not benefit from having access to nutritious food.

The approach we take is what we call “reverse engineering” – translating Nordic solutions to the local context and needs. Partners are joining a “pressure cooker” consisting of key constraints to fulfill like: meeting specific price points, nutritional quality, local taste, building on available technology and infrastructure and ensuring the solution is sustainable from and economic, social and environmental perspective. It is ambitious, and no company can achieve this on its own.

As an example of this type of projects, GAIN Nordic partners are using reverse engineering to develop an affordable, nutritious and tasty yogurt for children and women in Africa.

This project is an example of a project aiming at adding nutritional value to a local food item. GAIN Nordic is also engaging with companies who have solutions that can preserve nutrition through the value chain – preventing post-harvest loss of nutrition. Through the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN), Nordic partners with cooling, crating, packaging, and processing technologies are looking to make African value chains more effective. In October 2016, the GAIN Nordic kicked off this initiative at a Roundtable with cross sector partners – “Gain-ing ground on fairer food systems”.

Leveraging your value chains to optimize sustainable sourcing

If your business is sourcing or producing products in a country with a high burden of malnutrition, investing in improved nutrition for farmers and workers makes good business sense for three reasons:

  1. Well-nourished farmers and workers are more productive and healthier, meaning they are less prone to sickness and absenteeism
  2. Well-nourished children have the prospective to reach their full cognitive and physical potential, helping secure a healthy future workforce
  3. Investing in the nutrition of producers is a good way to secure brand integrity, maintain license to operate and avoid reputation risk

Our partner DanChurchAid is helping to ensure inclusion of smallholder farmers in the value chain projects. Together we can design solution with results in increased wealth and experience of economic growth  for farmers which empowers them to access to better foods.

In rural settings we collaborate to improve nutrition for smallholder farmers and plantation workers in cash crop value chains. Learn how Unilever and GAIN are working together in India on the “Seeds or Prosperity”. Also look at the video following a Unilever employee from Kenya visiting the project in India.

To address malnourishment in an urban setting, GAIN has a “nutrition in the workplace” program. The current focus is on garment factory workers in Bangladesh

Integrate CSR efforts with your business and ensure “license to operate”

Most of our partners involve people from their core expertise areas. Sometimes this happens in collaboration with their CSR efforts.  GAIN Nordic projects can help with connecting your CSR effort to the core of your business.

CSR budgets can be used to invest in exploring new business model where it will take longer than “normal” to reach a financial return. This can be the case when trying to reach new market segments with lower income and with added nutritional value to the solutions. These projects generally have more risks than conventional projects.

A thorough Impact Assessment is essential in order to address and mitigate any risk. GAIN Nordic partners are developing a new tool for assessing the human rights “footprint” and the SDG” hand-print”. This tool can be used to design a thorough project implementation plan including activities to ensure a sustained “license to operate” for the partners involved.

Engaging employers to build employee satisfaction

Engaging employees and fostering a feeling of working together and being proud of the organization they work for, was a key incentive for the Danish fashion company Bestseller to initiate a campaign called GIVE-A-DAY. By involving employees in 3000 stores in 38 countries BESTSELLER was able to donate one day’s earning to charity organizations including GAIN. Quote from Bestseller: “GIVE-A-DAY is about giving back to the societies where we have created our success and help people in need. We wish to make our employees and colleagues proud and create awareness of the charitable projects we support both locally and globally, Mogens Werge, Director of Corporate Sustainability and Communication in Bestseller.

The funding from this initiative is being used for projects in India. The first project has helped funding to treat thousands of severe acute malnourished children in Rajasthan. You can read about the overall success of this project here, and also learn about the story of 18 month old Laksman and his sister Tara. The second project BESTSELLER is funding is aiming to prevent children being malnourished, and break the cycle of poverty and malnutrition. The project, “Healthy food for a healthy future in India”, brings together groups of women, and trains them to run their own factories producing nutritious foods. The food is bought by the government who distribute it for free to the most vulnerable.

Joining pre-competitive R&D projects to secure your future

GAIN encourages business to join our pre-competitive research platform BUSINESS PLATFORM FOR NUTRITION RESEARCH. Research and Development (R&D) is one of the most important drivers of the food system and most of R&D capacity is in the private sector.

In order to harness this knowledge, capacity and resources, GAIN created the Business Platform for Nutritious Research (BPNR). The purpose of this platform is to define, fund and disseminate new research to improve nutrition in low and middle income countries. Within the BPNR, companies work together to support public research on areas to improve evidence base for nutrition, or on new technologies. So far, three research streams have been identified for immediate support: i) bioavailability, biomarkers and health diagnostics; ii) behavior change communication; and iii) food safety.

To stay on top and be aware of potential business opportunities emerging from relevant research projects, the GAIN Nordic can take a stakeholder role and stay aligned with the progress of these projects.

This is the case for the two following projects:

  • IMPROVIT: Identification of suitable milk-derived product, the consumption of which could prevent vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • Protein2Food:will create innovative, high quality, protein-rich food crops, to sustain human health, the environment, and biodiversity

Leveraging communication to increase visibility and inspire others

In 2010, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement was launched to support national leadership and collective action to scale up nutrition. The SUN Business Network is one of the four global networks that support SUN countries (along with UN, Civil Society and Donor). It is convened by GAIN and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and further supported by an Advisory Group comprised of senior business leaders.

GAIN Nordic Partners are invited to join the SUN BN. This enables partners to create visibility for the engagement and commitment they have to implement sustainable solutions to address malnutrition.

The local SUN Business Networks, now existing in several Africa and Asian countries, makes to easier for Nordic partners to find local partners committed to the same course.

Projects /

The GAIN Nordic Partners have worked together to develop several concepts and projects including:

  • Ethiopia Business Development Project – supported by Danida,
  • Impact Assessment and SDG impact Tool Project – supported by Danida,
  • Market development of the Ethiopia Dairy value chain
  • Developing fortified and affordable drinking yogurt for women of reproductive age – supported by Danida
  • Concept for affordable and fortified tasty snack
  • Ready to drink for treatment of acute malnutrition (F100/75)
  • More milk with DLF in Ethiopia – market assessment supported by Danida Business Explorer

 

Partners /

Partners of the GAIN Nordic are committed achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2: Ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.

Our partners include:

  • Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S – nutritious dairy ingredients derived from whey, a nutritious by-product from cheese. Concepts based on local commodities added ingredients to bridge nutritional gap. Solutions for children with acute malnutrition
  • Tetra Laval AB aseptic packaging solutions for long shelf life, value chain solutions to connect smallholder dairy farmers to processors
  • Orana A/S– fruit pulp to increase product attractiveness and taste
  • DLF – nutritious fodder which increase milk yields and decrease climate impact
  • DanChurchAid (DCA), a Danish NGO, focus on sustainable development, livelihoods and food security programs. This represents an opportunity to link poor farmers with markets, and to ensure that investments are sustainable. DCA can also support with impact assessments to ensure the right mitigations are planned for potential risks.
  • Confederation of Danish Industries (DI) contributes with knowledge and experience on partnerships and innovation with a focus on middle and low income countries. The BoP Learning Lab under DI has a large global network to business organizations and companies in emerging and developing countries. DI furthermore contributes with specific knowledge on the food sector through The Danish Food and Drink Federation.
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) – brokering of multi-sector alliances to improve food systems to provide good nutrition for all, provide nutritional technical assistance along the value chain, ensure linkage to other global initiatives and local partners

Resources /

Multi-sector partnerships:

Bridging nutritional gap – Ethiopia:

Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition:

Research initiatives with representation of GAIN Nordic:

  • IMPROVIT: Identification of suitable milk-derived product, the consumption of which could prevent vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • Protein2Food:will create innovative, high quality, protein-rich food crops, to sustain human health, the environment, and biodiversity

About /

The GAIN Nordic Partnership was established in 2014 inspired by the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM). AIM was launched by GAIN in Holland as a Dutch based multi-sector Partnership and has developed into a sustainable collaborative platform with large scale business projects and strong support from a wide range of companies and organizations. In 2014, GAIN decided to explore possibilities to apply this approach in other regions and identified Denmark and the Nordic region as interesting due to strong presence of innovative food related companies in the region.

The overall goal of the GAIN Nordic is to develop sustainable business models to reach low income consumers with affordable, safe and nutritious solutions. Working with these challenges, Danish companies are introduced to new opportunities to develop new innovative products and business models to cater for these markets.

To facilitate and drive the partnership forward, GAINs Danish office works closely together with the BoP Learning Lab at the Confederation of Danish Industry and DanChurchAid.

The secretariat assists with the following activities in order to provide partnering services:

  • Partnership brokering and facilitation
  • Opportunity development and execution
  • Inclusive business modeling
  • Network and events
  • Resource mobilization

The three core non-commercial partners have complementary capabilities that help lowers barriers to market entry

  • DanChurchAid (DCA), a Danish NGO, focus on sustainable development, livelihoods and food security programs. This represents an opportunity to link poor farmers with markets, and to ensure that investments are sustainable. DCA can also support with impact assessments to ensure the right mitigations are planned for potential risks.
  • Confederation of Danish Industries (DI) contributes with knowledge and experience on partnerships and innovation with a focus on middle and low income countries. The BoP Learning Lab under DI has a large global network to business organizations and companies in emerging and developing countries. DI furthermore contributes with specific knowledge on the food sector through The Danish Food and Drink Federation.
  • GAIN Nordic office leads the partnership and link partners to GAINs broader network on nutrition expertise, both at our head quarter, but also to local offices in countries of implementation and to other business networks as SUN Business Networks. Furthermore, GAINs local offices have good connections with key policy makers and influencers.

Karl Pedersen og Hustrus Industri Fond has provided financial support for the GAIN Nordic secretariat for the facilitation of the partnership.

Danida, the development cooperation organised under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has supported the initial scoping of the program in Ethiopia.

Danida has selected the GAIN Nordic project “Ethiopian Dairy  Market Development” for their new Danida Market Development Partnerships (DMDP), as one of the 5 projects to be supported by this new pre-competitive business instrument.

Contact us /

The GAIN Nordic secretariat is hosted by GAINs office in Denmark. For information of GAIN Nordic please contact

Charlotte Pedersen, Senior Advisor, Nordic and Alliances

E-mail: cpedersen@gainhealth.org

Telephone: +45 2913 3329

Address:

GAIN Nordic

Svanemøllevej 41

2900 Hellerup

DENMARK

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