The Seeds of Prosperity Programme – making business work for nutrition, and nutrition work for business

A diverse diet – one incorporating many food types and colours of fruits and vegetables – can be the difference between poor and good health, but an estimated two billion people suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies globally. The Seeds of Prosperity programme is a partnership between the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and Unilever which tackles this challenge in commodity supply chains. The first phase of the programme reached 300,000 people in tea farming communities in India, Tanzania and Kenya, and provided helpful lessons for the next generation of workplace programmes.

Programme successes:

  • The programme reached 300,000 people in tea farming communities.
  • Diets became more diverse in both locations in India.
  • The percentage of women in the programme who reported eating at least 5 food groups (a diet linked to lower risk of deficiency) increased between 15 percent and 24 percent in Tamil Nadu.
  • Handwashing frequency improved in Assam.
  • Programme participants viewed the programme positively and reported feeling increased loyalty to employers.
  • The programme provides valuable insights to inform the next generation of workplace programmes.

“The programme is unique because it aims to work within businesses to improve nutrition outcomes, and to develop an approach which can be adapted to suit different businesses and contexts.”

Daleram Gulia, Procurement Manager, Sustainable Sourcing, Tea & Coffee, South Asia, Unilever

GAIN, Unilever and IDH are working together to design the next generation of workplace nutrition programmes based on these findings, with the aim of developing an approach which can be adapted to suit different businesses and contexts. Partners are also keen to move beyond tea, and bring in other businesses interested in improving their workforce nutrition – and engagement –  for a more sustainable future.

For more information, see our programme summary and watch our video about the programme in Assam.

Five women farmers share how understanding nutrition improved their lives


To get involved, please contact:

Dr. Bärbel Weiligmann, GAIN’s Senior Advisor Workplace Nutrition: bweiligmann@gainhealth.org or Dr. Christina Nyhus Dhillon, GAIN’s Senior Technical Specialist, Knowledge Leadership: cynhus@gainhealth.org

Programme partners

www.gainhealth.org / @GAINalliance

www.unilever.com / @unilever

www.idhsustainabletrade.com / @idh_buzz

Implementing partner India

www.solidaridadnetwork.org / @Solidaridadnetw

Implementing partner Kenya

Unilever Tea Kenya / @UnileverEA

Implementing partner Tanzania

Unilever Tea Tanzania / @UnileverEA

Watch our video about the programme in Tamil Nadu, India


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Published 13 December 2018