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.
With support from Bestseller Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is working in the states of Karnataka (with KHPT as implementing partner) and Bihar (with Nidan as implementing partner) in India to improve the nutrition and lives of groups of semi-literate women. GAIN is facilitating the establishment and operationalization of 4 production facilities to produce and distribute a quality assured fortified blended nutritious food.
The world is rapidly urbanising. By 2050, two thirds of the world population will live in urban areas. This has major consequences for peoples’ diets. Cities now face the double burden of malnutrition: micronutrient deficiencies and overnutrition (overweight and obesity).
On 11 July 2017, Lawrence Haddad, GAIN’s Executive Director, attended the UK Nutrition Society meetings in London. His presentation focused on challenges and opportunities for urban nutrition in low and middle income countries.
Through funding from the Bestseller Foundation, GAIN is working in the states of Karnataka and Bihar in India to improve the nutrition and lives of groups of semi-literate women. These women are trained to run their own factories producing a quality blended complementary food product called "Wheatamix" in Bihar and "Shakhti Vita" in Karnataka. This complementary food product, fortified with vitamins and minerals, has the potential to reach thousands of women, adolescents and children in the region.