GAIN and Nutrition at the World Economic Forum
Nutrition and food security were among the topics discussed by at this year’s World Economic Forum.
At a session entitled "Transforming live chances by nourishing bodies and minds" and moderated by Nicholas Kristof, Marc Van Ameringen and CEOs from Unilever, WFP, DSM and World Vision discussed the role of the private sector in improving children’s nutrition. Leaders agreed on the urgency of investment in and delivery of innovative, evidence-based nutrition interventions at scale, particularly in the 1,000 days window from conception to a child’s second birthday.
Marc Van Ameringen underlined that it is only by working with a multi-stakeholders approach and by reshaping food systems to deliver a more diverse, nutritious and affordable diet that we will eliminate malnutrition and stunting. Skills, resources, and leadership need to be harnessed from every part of the nutrition value chain - from smallholder farmers to large multinationals, to governments and civil society. Addressing these challenges will require smarter policy decisions in how we approach and finance development’s priorities, and how we leverage markets to work better for the poor.
"Transforming live chances by nourishing bodies and minds". Paul Polman, CEO Unilever, Kevin Jenkins, CEO World Vision, Ertharin Cousin, WFP, Feike Sijbesma, CEO/Chairman of the Managing Board Royal DSM, Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, GAIN, David Nabarro, Special Representative on Food Security and Nutrition for the UN, and moderator Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Columnist. Photo credit: Herman Betten
Photos from the event (Credits: WFP/Rein Skullerud)