Eating a balanced diet is vital for our good health and wellbeing. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals to live, grow, and stay active. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients to live healthy and productive lives. However, in many developing countries, healthy foods that are rich in nutrients, like fruits and vegetables, are often too expensive, unsafe or simply not available.
According to Global Nutrition Report, about 88% of countries suffer from two or three forms of malnutrition.
Every day, 815 million people are going to bed hungry, up from 777 million in 2015. 1 in 3 people lack key micronutrients, like iron and vitamin A, needed to grow properly, live active lives, and raise a healthy family. At the same time, 2 billion adults are overweight or obese and 41 million children are overweight.
Malnutrition undermines billions of people’s health and leaves 155 million children stunted every year.
Rapid population growth and climate change pose new challenges to an already broken food system. We believe the food system can be fixed by a collective global effort.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) was launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with partners, GAIN aims at making healthier food choices more affordable, more available, and more desirable.
GAIN’s purpose is to improve nutrition outcomes by improving the consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially the most vulnerable.
OUR VISION & PURPOSE
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) was launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with partners, GAIN aims to make healthier food choices more affordable, more available, and more desirable. We aim to support and advise governments, businesses, and development partners as they build and mobilise food and nutrition plans to advance nutrition outcomes. GAIN’s purpose is to improve nutrition outcomes by improving the consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially the most vulnerable.
GAIN is a global, Swiss-based foundation that mobilises public-private partnerships and provides financial and technical support to deliver nutritious foods to those people most at risk of malnutrition. GAIN’s programs in Africa and Asia enable better diets via nutritional products, such as fortified staple foods, including cooking oil and flour, and condiments like salt and soy sauce.
In this context, we work with the government and its stakeholders to:
- design and deliver food-based policy and program interventions that improve the consumption of nutritious and safe foods;
- be knowledge leaders in our field by measuring and analysing interventions and policies related to improving the consumption of safe and nutritious foods;
- help scaling up programs with demonstrated benefits so they can achieve widespread impact.
Our work to improve the consumption of safe and nutritious food is based on three strategic objectives:
As such, GAIN values the importance of nutritious diets and is engaged, as a primary aim, in many efforts to promote them; by increasing the availability and affordability of nutritious foods, enhancing the nutritional value of foods, or influencing people’s food choices.
No one single food item exists that provides all elements needed for a healthy diet; individuals consume a number of foods as part of a diet and also make choices on the basis of individual foods. GAIN focuses on food safety as a secondary aim, ensuring that the nutritious foods we work on should be safe and thereby maximizing health outcomes. GAIN also seeks to ensure sustainable diets with co-benefits on climate, nutrition, human health and the environment.
What is “nutritious food”?
GAIN defines a “nutritious” food as a “food that in the context where it is consumed and by the individual that consumes it, provides beneficial nutrients (e.g. vitamins, major and trace minerals, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber) and minimizes potentially harmful elements (e.g. anti-nutrients, quantities of saturated fats and sugars)”.
To learn more, download the “Definition and operationalization of the concept of a nutritious and safe food“.
We believe that everyone in the world should have access to an affordable, healthy and nutritious diet.
A tailored approach to innovation. We work to understand and deliver specific solutions to the daily challenge of food insecurity faced by poor people. By understanding that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ model, we develop alliances and build tailored programs, using a variety of flexible models and approaches.
Scale and ambition. We build alliances between governments, local and global businesses, and civil society to deliver sustainable improvements at scale. We are part of a global network of partners working together to create sustainable solutions to malnutrition.
What matters most is impact. We focus on early life stages and maternal health when good nutrition has the most impact. We focus our efforts on children, girls and women because we know that providing access to affordable, sustainable, nutritious diets is crucial to ending the cycle of malnutrition and poverty.
We work as ONE GAIN
We work as a team and support each other, are respectful of one another, open and inclusive
We are INNOVATIVE
We stimulate each other to be innovative, think outside the box and bring constructive ideas
We are PASSIONATE about our mission
We are committed and driven to making an impact at scale
We strive for EXCELLENCE
We bring the best in us to deliver the highest quality work
At GAIN, we believe that no one sector alone can solve the complex problem of malnutrition. We work closely with partners including governments, civil society, businesses, UN agencies, and academic institutions to develop programs that deliver large-scale and locally relevant solutions to malnutrition in more than 30 countries.
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