My warm thanks to the hundreds of you who have sent me messages of congratulations about my recent appointment to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). So, why did I decide to apply for the GAIN Executive Director position and why did I accept the Board’s offer to join? (I begin on October 1).
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.
Around 1.2 billion people, or 1 in 6 of the world’s population, are adolescents aged 10 to 19. Adolescent nutrition is frequently considered to be the second most important period of physical growth in the life cycle, after the first year following child birth.