Micronutrient Forum CONNECTED Conference
Virtual Event, Virtual
October 19 – November 13, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
SQM is a company with worldwide presence in industries essential for human development, through five principal business lines: specialty plant nutrition, lithium and derivatives, iodine and derivatives, industrial chemicals and potassium. In agriculture, potassium nitrate is used as a soluble fertilizer and is a source of nitric nitrogen and potassium, which is virtually free of chloride. Potassium nitrate is an ideal source of N and K for optimal plant growth and contributes to the health and performance of crops. Specialty Plant Nutrition is SQM's business line that provides specialized nutritional solutions for fertigation, soil and foliar applications, which, together with the experience and knowledge of our technical agronomic team, provide the necessary macro and micro nutrients to increase crop quality and the profitability of our clients' agricultural businesses. SQM's Specialty Plant Nutrition Solutions, Ultrasol®, Qrop® and Speedfol® are powered by “Element Q”, along with SQM's unique warranty seal, whose impact on your field will boost both the result of your crops and your business.
Omya international AG
Omya International AG is a leading global producer of industrial minerals – mainly derived from calcium carbonate, dolomite and perlite – and a worldwide distributor of specialty ingredients. In the Consumer Goods segment, Omya offers innovative solutions based on high purity natural minerals and complementary ingredients that comply with the most stringent regulatory and quality standards targeting the food, personal care and pharmaceuticals. Founded in 1884 in Switzerland, Omya has a global presence extending to more than 175 locations in over 50 countries with 9,000 employees. Committed to implementing the principles of sustainability at all company levels, Omya provides added value products and services from responsibly sourced materials to meet the essential needs of current and future generations.
The Challenge: Hidden Hunger Micronutrient deficiency, also known as “hidden hunger,” afflicts about 2.5 billion people worldwide. In many countries, it contributes to high rates of stunting, vision impairment, anemia, problems in pregnancy, and many other health challenges that harm people’s quality of life and their ability to achieve their full potential. The HarvestPlus Response to Hidden Hunger: Biofortified Crops HarvestPlus leads a global movement to scale up production and consumption of staple food crops that are conventionally bred (non-GMO) to be rich in iron, zinc, or vitamin A—micronutrients that are needed in sufficient quantity to maintain good health and proper human development. These “biofortified” crops are a proven, sustainable, cost-effective response to hidden hunger, particularly for the hundreds of millions of smallholder farming families in Africa, Asia, and Latin America who cannot afford nutritionally diverse diets and are often not reached by food fortification and supplementation. Biofortified crops are also bred to address the specific nutritional needs of women, adolescent girls, and young children. HarvestPlus at a Glance • The world’s leading experts in biofortification development and implementation • Established 2003 within the CGIAR global agricultural research partnership • A multinational staff of more than 150, based in 15 countries • Active globally, with a focus on country ownership of biofortification programs and initiatives • Founder Howarth “Howdy” Bouis received the World Food Prize in 2016 in recognition of his efforts to advance the concept of biofortification. Our Mission: Engage public, private, international, and NGO partners worldwide in scaling up biofortification to build more-nutritious, sustainable, and inclusive food systems that benefit all people. Our Goal: Reach 1 billion people with nutritious biofortified crops and foods by 2030. Key Statistics (As of the end of 2019): • 242 varieties of biofortified staple crops released in 30 countries; thousands more varieties in testing. Biofortified crops include: iron beans and pearl millet; vitamin A cassava, maize, and sweet potato; zinc maize rice and wheat. • 8.5 million smallholder farming households (or 42 million people) growing biofortified crops. • 143,000 farmers trained in 2019 alone (63% women) in crop production and marketing. • 600+ partnerships worldwide with government agencies, businesses, NGOs, civil society groups, and international organizations committed to advance biofortification. • 40+ research studies and 100+ published scientific papers proving feasibility, impact, and adoption of biofortification. Core Competencies: • Engage, educate, and empower smallholder farmers to grow nutritious biofortified crops and link farmers with markets to sell their surplus harvest. • Strengthen biofortified seed and food value chains to benefit smallholder farmers, through partnerships with seed multipliers; seed/input distributors; crop processors; consumer food businesses, and others. • Provide technical leadership on “mainstreaming” biofortified crop development (micronutrient targeting) in global, national, and private-sector seed breeding programs. • Expand and communicate the scientific evidence base for biofortification through research collaborations; facilitation of knowledge and learning exchange among stakeholders; impact measurement and evaluation; and communications through multiple channels. • Strengthen enabling environments for biofortification (policies, programs, regulations, standards) through evidence-led engagement with global, regional, and national decision makers, standard-setting bodies, and multilateral agencies. HarvestPlus Program Funders: • UK Government • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation • CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) • MacArthur Foundation • United States Agency for International Development/U.S. Feed the Future Initiative
International Potato Centre
The International Potato Center (CIP) was founded in 1971 as a research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato and andean roots and tubers. It delivers innovative science-based solutions to enhance access to affordable nutritious food, foster inclusive sustainable business and employment growth, and drive the climate resilience of root and tuber agri-food systems. Headquartered in Lima, Peru, CIP has a research presence in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. CIP is a CGIAR research center, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector. www.cgiar.org OUR VISION A healthy, inclusive and resilient world through root and tuber systems. OUR MISSION CIP delivers innovative science-based solutions to enhance access to affordable nutritious food, foster inclusive sustainable business, and employment growth, and drive climate resilience of root and tuber agri-food systems.
University of Saskatchewan
Founded in 2012 in a partnership between Nutrien, the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) works with a diverse range of partners to discover, develop and deliver innovative solutions for the production of globally sustainable food. At GIFS, we invest in relevant technology platforms that provide scale and transform our scientific competencies and capabilities into capacities for stakeholders, making us a catalyst for partnerships and innovation world-wide. We have a track-record for managing and delivering on large-scale, multi-disciplinary programs, including the $37-million Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC) funded by a Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) grant to USask. Located within one of the world’s strongest agri-science ecosystems, we are helping to build a food-secure world from Saskatchewan-out, working with academics, industry, producers, consumers and governments both at home and abroad to decrease the time between the discovery of innovative science and its delivery to market at home and around the globe.
Founded in 1992, Nutrition International is a global nutrition organization headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more than 25 years, we have focused on delivering low-cost, high-impact, nutrition interventions to people in need. Working alongside governments as an expert ally, we combine deep technical expertise with a flexible approach, increasing impact without increasing complexity or cost. We serve as a force multiplier across the development ecosystem, using our unique combination of capabilities to help countries overcome barriers to scaling up nutrition, domestic resource mobilization as well as local government capacity and ownership. In more than 60 countries, primarily in Asia and Africa, Nutrition International nourishes people to nourish life.
UNICEF East Asia and Pacific
Dr. Paul Lohmann
Dr. Paul Lohmann® is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of specialty mineral salts for the food, dietary supplements and pharmaceutical industry. More than 130 years of manufacturing experience, combined with an innovative spirit and high flexibility enables Dr. Paul Lohmann® to respond to changing needs. Customers can profit from the broadest available portfolio of high value mineral salts, with more than 400 products in a range of qualities, designed to provide optimum performance across a wide range of applications. In the GMP and FSSC 22000/ISO 22000 certified facilities, mineral salts are produced at quality levels stipulated by pharmacopoeias, regulatory food guidelines or customized specifications. Products and quality levels are developed and optimized according to customer’s request. This includes the adaptation of chemical and physical parameters such as bulk density, flowability, particle size, solubility, purity, pH-value etc.
With an innovative perspective that focuses on consumption and demand, the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) seeks to realize the enormous potential of agricultural development to make significant contributions to improving the nutrition and health of people worldwide. As CGIAR's only research program on nutrition and health, A4NH focuses on the system-level outcome of improving food and nutrition security for health. The program is led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and managed by a group of four other CGIAR Research Centers and two academic institutions.
ADOB is a well-established fertiliser manufacturer based in Poland. We have been producing innovative fertilisers, nourishing plants and enhancing the productivity of agricultural and horticultural crops for almost 30 years, in Poland and in over 80 other countries across five continents. We are the biggest producer of foliar fertilisers in Poland. Our fertilisers satisfy the highest quality criteria. Based on unique and patented technologies, they are developed in cooperation with leading commercial and research institutions and produced with state-of-the-art, hi-tech expertise. We provide worldwide growers and manufacturers with a range of high-performance plant nutrition solutions. Our fertilisers are quick-response and fully water-soluble. They can be used as they are or for bulk-blending to produce an endless variety of tailor-made compound fertilisers. Our product portfolio includes single, oligo and multi-nutrient fertilisers in liquid, crystalline and microgranular formulations. They are specifically designed for both indoor and outdoor application and can be used on field, orchard, vegetable, energy, ornamental, herb and nutraceutical crops. The fertilisers can be applied using all current application methods, including foliar spray, fertigation, hydroponics, drenching, seed-treatment, seed-priming, and base and top/side soil dressing. Our main product groups include: • Single nutrient chelates using the following chelators: IDHA (biodegradable), HBED, EDTA and DTPA • Non-chelated boron and molybdenum fertilisers • Multi-nutrient NPK fertilisers, enriched with the following micronutrients: boron (B) copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo) and zinc (Zn) • A special line of fertilisers designed for row application in field crops, some of which are used specifically as micro-starters • High-quality, fully soluble calcium nitrate, magnesium nitrate, magnesium sulphate and their derivatives. Our innovative "2.0" technology is used in the production of the foliar fertiliser lines Basfoliar 2.0 and ADOB 2.0. This technology significantly improves nutrient uptake and availability, enhancing crop performance. As a recognized and reputable fertiliser producer, we cooperate with many trading and distribution companies, both local and foreign, under our own brands or toll-manufacture for their private brands. Some of our products feature exclusive compositions customised for the specific regional requirements determined by particular soil, climate conditions, target crops and niche markets.
International Rice Research Institute
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and more than 1,000 staff. Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change. More than half of the rice area in Asia is planted to IRRI-bred varieties or their progenies. The institute develops new and improved methods and technologies that enable farmers to manage their farms profitably and sustainably, and recommends rice varieties and agricultural practices suitable to particular farm conditions as well as consumer preferences. IRRI assists national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) in formulating and implementing country rice sector strategies. Alumni of IRRI's educational initiatives include some of the world's leading rice scientists as well as high-level NARES and agriculture ministry officials. From 1962 to 2019, more than 300,000 students, researchers, farmers, and extension professionals, among others, received some form of training from IRRI and its partners. Within this total number, more than 2,000 scholars conducted research at the institute while pursuing their MS and PhD degrees. As free educational resources, books co-published by IRRI available online have received a total of about 6.2 million views with more than 50 million page views since 2007. We work worldwide with all research institutions that share our goal. In particular, we work with the national agricultural research and extension systems of the countries where our target beneficiaries live. Rice research has no political boundaries. We search for new solutions to both old and emerging problems through personal and institutional efforts and through partnerships with farming communities and other institutions, both public and private.
World Food Programme
Netherlands Working Group on International Nutrition
The Netherlands Working Group on International Nutrition is a platform of civil society organizations, knowledge institutes, the private sector and government, based in the Netherlands and working in the field of international nutrition. The NWGN believes that improving nutrition through both nutrition-specific as well as nutrition-sensitive actions contributes to the achievement of all SDGs in a direct or indirect way, while vice versa the achievement of many of the SDGs contributes to improving nutrition. The NWGN believes in multi-sectoral partnerships (Dutch Diamond) and in learning together by sharing information, views, and experiences. By bringing the different sectors together, we can help to build successful partnerships, facilitate knowledge exchange and expand our expertise and believe that we have a stronger impact by leading together.
New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is dedicated to advancing nutrition science research and knowledge, and applying our work in the field to mobilize communities. Taking a collective action approach, our initiatives address micronutrient deficiencies, obesity, adolescent nutrition in low income areas, the use of electronic health records for public health, and other pressing issues in the field of nutrition.
IZiNCG’s primary objective is to promote and assist efforts to reduce the global burden of zinc deficiency. IZiNCG focuses on identification, prevention and treatment of zinc deficiency in the most vulnerable populations in low-income countries: infants, young children, and pregnant and lactating women because of their elevated requirements for this essential nutrient. IZiNCG works to: - Use expertise to translate zinc research into useful resources and recommendations for best program and policy practice. - Fill evidence gaps, big and small, for effective zinc interventions by conducting applied research. - Create effective partnerships for improving zinc nutrition — zinc deficiency is unlikely to occur in isolation of other nutritional deficiencies and health problems. - Provide technical assistance to organizations and governments. - Advocate for the inclusion of zinc assessment in national surveys. IZiNCG Secretariat: Christine McDonald, Mari Manger, Shar Rauch IZiNCG Steering Committee: Kenneth Brown, Nancy Krebs, Janet King, Fred Grant, Bob Black
Children's Investment Fund Foundation
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation with offices in Addis Ababa, Beijing, London, Nairobi, and New Delhi. CIFF works with a wide range of partners seeking to transform and empower the lives of poor and vulnerable children in developing countries, with the ultimate goal of solving seemingly intractable challenges to ensure all children have the chance to survive and thrive. CIFF aims to play a catalytic role as a funder and influencer to deliver urgent and systemic change at scale. Areas of work include empowering girls and boys to control their sexual and reproductive health and to avoid unwanted pregnancies and HIV/AIDS; improving children and mothers’ health and nutrition; preventing low birthweight babies; eliminating deaths from severe acute malnutrition, nested within a more integrated approach to childhood development; and deworming efforts to break transmission for good. The organisation’s climate portfolio is driven by a vision of a climate-safe future for today’s children and future generations that also bear the benefits of cleaner air, energy security and sustainable jobs. CIFF’s child protection work focuses on ending child labour and sexual exploitation by enabling an environment that reduces vulnerability of communities and increases protection of children. CIFF places significant emphasis on quality data and evidence. For most of its grants, CIFF works with partners to measure and evaluate progress to achieve large scale and sustainable impact. The organisation is committed to sharing as much information as possible about what they and their partners are learning. Founded in 2002, CIFF employs approximately 120 professionals in England, Kenya, India, China, and Ethiopia. CIFF strives to couple business acumen and principles with development experience and best practices to transform the landscape for children. It seeks to be the gold standard in grant making and foundation operations.
Contract Pharmacal Corporation (CPC)
CPC develops, manufactures and packages solid-dose Rx pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements. We’ve been delivering the highest quality products for over 50 years, so you can focus on building your brands and your business: • Accelerate time-to-market • Navigate regulations • Manage costs • Stay competitive
National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) and Food Fortification Advisory Services (2FAS) are two projects funded by the European Union in support of nutrition. National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) National Information Platforms for Nutrition is an initiative by the European Commission to provide support to countries to strengthen their information systems for nutrition and to improve the analysis of data so as to better inform the strategic decision they are faced with to prevent malnutrition and its consequences. At country level, the NIPN initiative currently involves Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Laos, Niger and Uganda. At global level, NIPN is supported by Capacity for Nutrition (C4N). C4N is a joint programme, a so-called multi-donor action, funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), and implemented by GIZ. Food Fortification Advisory Services (2FAS) 2FAS is an advisory service funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented through a partnership between Landell Mills and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). It was established in December 2015 to support the European Commission (EC) and its public and private sector stakeholders to achieve sustainable food fortification programmes that are integrated into national food systems. 2FAS has three main priorities: • supporting countries to implement and strengthen food fortification programmes • sharing knowledge, lessons learned and best practices on the role of food fortification in reducing micronutrient deficiencies, and • increasing action and political commitment to food fortification at global and national levels.
Standing Together for Nutrition
A multidisciplinary consortium of nutrition, economics, food and health system experts working to address the scale and reach of COVID-related nutrition challenges. New data and evidence show that the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to widespread increases in malnutrition due to disruptions in food, health and social protection systems. Lockdown measures are disrupting the production, transportation, and sale of nutritious, fresh and affordable foods, forcing millions of families to rely on nutrient-poor alternatives. Early reports suggest substantial drops in the coverage of preventive health services, including vaccination and antenatal care programs, as well as declines in optimal breastfeeding practices for fear of virus transmission. While policymakers and public health leaders manage a range of urgent priorities, delivering good nutrition must be a foundational component of an effective pandemic response strategy. Good nutrition helps lessen the effects and risks of COVID-19, and is a prerequisite for the physical, immunological, and cognitive development of children and the health and productivity of adults. In short, no individual, community, or nation can thrive without good nutrition. To address these challenges, Standing Together for Nutrition (STfN) formed as a multidisciplinary consortium of nutrition, economics, food and health system experts working to address the scale and reach of COVID-related nutrition challenges. In addition to assessing the impact of COVID-19 on nutritional status, STfN will model projected impacts during the short- and long-term recovery phases of the pandemic and identify recommendations to mitigate damage – drawing from agenda-setting data and evidence-based policy materials, including the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI2020), and the recent United Nation (UN) policy brief, The impact of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition. One Virus, Many Consequences: A Call to Action to Stand Together and Build on Evidence to Inform Nutrition Responses STfN’s open Call to Action, “One virus, many consequences: A call to action to stand together and build on evidence to inform nutrition responses” – signed by over 500 signatories from research, academia, development, and civil society institutions from every region – urges global nutrition, health, and food systems communities to work together more effectively than ever before, to assess the scale and reach of the nutritional challenges and to articulate effective responses.
Sight & Life
Translating Science. Nurturing Lives. Sight and Life is a pioneer of nutrition innovations based on science and working towards eliminating all forms of malnutrition in children and women of childbearing age. Sight and Life informs, supports, designs, and incubates evidence-based malnutrition solutions. Originally a humanitarian aid program, our organization has continuously evolved in response to – and in anticipation of – the ever-changing nutrition landscape. This evolution necessitates regular reviews of our capabilities, capacities, objectives and strategic focus. With decades of experience at the convergence of the public and private sectors, we are ideally positioned to catalyze innovative and much-needed collective action in nutrition. By leveraging the strengths and capacities of both industry and public-sector partners to address societal nutrition goals, we will deliver value to food- and nutrition-insecure populations, aiming to serve as a model for future cross-sector cooperation and impact. Our strategy focuses on three areas: translating nutrition science, building public–private partnerships, and developing viable business models.
Vitamins and minerals, also called micronutrients, are the building blocks for good health. People who do not have enough of these essential nutrients develop micronutrient malnutrition, which can be devastating. Consequences include serious birth defects, undeveloped cognitive ability, and reduced productivity. Severe micronutrient malnutrition contributes to maternal and infant deaths and childhood blindness. Iron deficiency is the most common form of micronutrient malnutrition globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In the United States, one in six women is iron deficient during pregnancy; deficiency is higher among non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics. Iron deficiency is a leading cause of anemia. Severe anemia during pregnancy can result in poor fetal growth, preterm birth, low birth weight, and increased risk of death for the mother and the baby. One way that CDC addresses vitamin and mineral deficiencies is through the International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control (IMMPaCt) program. Established in 2000, IMMPaCt focuses on deficiencies of iron, vitamin A, iodine, folate, zinc, and vitamin D. In the United States, IMMPaCt works on micronutrient surveillance and research to fill critical data gaps. With global partners, IMMPaCt helps countries develop and operate appropriate assessment, monitoring, evaluation and surveillance systems. This enables national governments, food industries, and civic organizations to successfully implement interventions such as mass food fortification, supplementation and home fortification to reduce vitamin and mineral deficiencies. IMMPaCt also works with partners to develop global guidance and technical resources to improve vitamin and mineral intervention effectiveness, assessment, monitoring, evaluation, and surveillance. In 2000, CDC established the International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control (IMMPaCt) program. The program goal is to work collaboratively to achieve optimal health among vulnerable populations by improving micronutrient nutrition globally. Micronutrients are also called vitamins and minerals. IMMPaCt focuses on iron, vitamin A, iodine, folate, zinc, and vitamin D. IMMPaCt works with its global partners to: •Provide leadership for global micronutrient deficiency elimination by contributing to the development of policies and guidelines, taking an active role in cereal grain and home fortification, and participating in nutrition initiatives •Support implementation of high quality assessments, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and surveillance systems in countries •Enhance the evidence base to improve nutrition interventions and program effectiveness Key IMMPaCt activities: •Participating on steering committees, boards, and as active members of nutrition initiatives •Developing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and surveillance systems •Implementing national micronutrient surveys •Supporting networks that promote mass food fortification and home fortification •Implementing applied research Since 2000, the CDC IMMPaCt program has provided technical assistance, training, and/or funding to approximately 60 countries. IMMPaCt has assisted some countries with multiple activities such as national micronutrient surveys, evaluation surveys, nutrition surveillance, domestic surveys, and technical assistance for monitoring programs. IMMPaCt works in 8 to 10 countries at a time, with each country project lasting an average of 3 to 7 years. Annually, IMMPaCt provides over $3 million in funding and/or technical assistance through cooperative and interagency agreements with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Nutrition International (NI), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and other global partners, including WHO, UNICEF, Nutrition International (NI), USAID, NIH, GAIN, and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company specializing in nutrition, health, and sustainable living. We find purpose in creating brighter lives for all, harnessing the scientific and innovation power at our disposal to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges—creating value for customers, shareholders, our people, and society at large. At DSM, we take pride in understanding the true potential of our customers’ products and how they can help our planet’s growing population stay healthy and ready to meet whatever challenge life provides. With our unique purpose-led perspective, DSM helps customers contribute to a brighter world with better nutrition for all. Because where other providers merely see products, we see purpose. As a reliable, end-to-end, innovative, purpose-led partner, DSM provides more than ingredients. We provide the most integrated offering in the industry. We offer a broad portfolio of science-backed products and customized solutions powered by expert services aimed at supporting a product’s entire life cycle, from concept to consumer. This takes more than ingredients; it takes a partner. See how purpose drives everything at PartnerWithDSM.com
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ajinomoto Group of Companies in Thailand, manufacturing various products and services such as seasonings, instant noodles, processed foods, frozen foods, beverages, and etc. To deliver deliciousness and creation of a wide variety of products to create healthy living by continuously developing business towards the co-creation of economic and social value corresponds to our corporate message "Eat Well, Live Well".
Eleanor Crook Foundation
The Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF) is a leading philanthropic funder in the fight against global malnutrition. ECF works to scale improved solutions to child undernutrition by deploying the power of research, policy analysis, and advocacy, with the ultimate goal of saving children’s lives and enabling them to excel in school, work, and beyond. The Foundation supports targeted advocacy to raise awareness and spur action, thoughtful policy analysis to assess the current landscape and propose ambitious solutions and reforms, and rigorous research to test and scale up cost-effective interventions. We are a team of conveners, innovators, activists, and problem solvers, seeking to upend the status quo by identifying roadblocks to progress and brokering solutions in the nutrition sector.
@GAINalliance Executive Director: Dr Lawrence Haddad The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with both governments and businesses, we aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food for all people, especially the most vulnerable. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, GAIN has offices in countries with high levels of malnutrition: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania. To support work in those countries, we have representative offices in Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. At GAIN, we believe that everyone in the world should have access to nutritious, safe, and affordable food. Today, one in three people - drawn from nearly every country on the planet - are unable to consume enough nutritious food. We work to develop and deliver solutions to this daily challenge. By understanding that there is no "one-size-fits-all" way of dealing with this problem, we develop alliances and build tailored programmes using a variety of models and approaches. We work through national, regional, and global alliances that provide technical, financial and policy support to a wide range of public and private organisations, focusing attention on where people get their food from – markets. As a result, we give priority to finding ways to change and improve how businesses and governments shape food systems for improved nutrition.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
The wellbeing of women and infants are essential to the strength of families, communities, and nations. Neither can be achieved without first improving maternal nutrition. When a woman is well-nourished during pregnancy, she is less likely to face life-threatening complications and more likely to give birth to a well-developed child who is better equipped to survive infancy and thrive later in life. Conversely, an undernourished woman is at higher risk of dying during pregnancy and her child is at a higher risk of being born too soon, too small, or stillborn. The grave consequences of poor maternal and infant health bear out each day. Every year, 300,000 women die of pregnancy or child-birth related complications, 20 million babies are born with low birth weight (LBW), 23 million are small for gestational weight (SGA), and 15 million are born prematurely. Nearly half of all under-five mortality is related to poor nutrition. The data is clear. Time for collective action is now. Better maternal nutrition will require a combination of food and health systems interventions to ensure that women understand the nutritional requirements of pregnancy and are supported to meet them. One key intervention is multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS), which contain 15 micronutrients needed to support a healthy pregnancy and fetal development. Over the past two decades, scientific evidence has demonstrated the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of MMS. Moreover, MMS leads to better health outcomes than the nutrient supplement most commonly distributed in low- and middle-income countries: iron-folic acid (IFA), which contains only 2 micronutrients. The last two years have witnessed strong progress and momentum with regard to the MMS introduction and use. Scientists collaborate through the MMS Technical Advisory Group (previous Task Force) to determine priorities with regard to the biological and implementation research agenda for MMS. An Expert Consensus meeting was held to define MMS product specifications. Several high-level advocacy and awareness raising events (at Women Deliver, Asian Congress of Nutrition) took place culminating in the UNGA Goalkeepers event 2019, where the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Accelerator was announced. Demonstration projects as well as national introduction programs are being implemented by various nutrition partners, accompanied by rigorous implementation research. This year’s CONNECTED Conference will provide several opportunities to learn more about the MMS evidence, implementation approaches, country-level tools, advocacy, and more. On-Demand Sponsored Sessions: • Creating a healthier future: national perspectives on the MMS evidence base and policy landscape (pre-recorded, released in advance of Conference start) • What’s next for the MMS movement: implementing and coordinating action on MMS programming (pre-recorded, released in advance of Conference start) Tuesday, November 10 11.30 pm – 00.30 am EST (Wednesday November 11, 10-00-11.00 am INDIA time) MMS Q&A - video chat for delegates across the Asian time zones Host: Madhavika Bajoria, Sight and Life Wednesday, November 11 4.00 – 5.00 am EST ( 10-00 – 11.00 am CET and West and East African time zones) MMS Q&A – video chat for English-speaking delegates Host: Saskia Osendarp, Micronutrient Forum Thursday, November 12 8.00-9.00 am EST (2-00 – 3.00 pm CETand West-African time zones) MMS Q&A – video chat for French-speaking delegates Host: Gilles Bergeron, New York Academy of Sciences 9.00-10.00 am EST (North- and Latin -American time zones) – to be confirmed MMS Q&A – video chat for Spanish-speaking delegates Host: Gilles Bergeron, New York Academy of Sciences 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM EST (5:45-7:45 pm CET) LIVE Concurrent Session - Track 4: Enabling Environments: Supporting country-led policy decisions to implement multiple micronutrient supplementation during antenatal care Friday, November 13 10.45 – 11.45 EST (4:45- 5:45 pm CET) LIVE Plenary Session : Harnessing Action for Further Progress on MMS – Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Goalkeepers Accelerator and Beyond. Learning centers in the week after the CONNECTED CONFERENCE Monday, November 16 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM EST Multiple Micronutrient Supplements: TBC. Host: Marti van Liere, Micronutrient Forum, https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/MNF-CONNECTED/agenda.asp?pfp=LearningCentres#/presentation-info-988829 Tuesday, November 17, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM EST Interactive lab using the online Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation Cost-Benefit Tool to generate cost-effectiveness analyses to support country decision-making. Host: Sarah Rowe, RD, MHSc https://www.eventscribe.com/2020/MNF-CONNECTED/agenda.asp?pfp=LearningCentres
Lucky Iron Fish
Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise a Canadian social enterprise and certified BCorp committed to addressing and preventing iron deficiency anemia. The Lucky Iron Fish and Lucky Iron Leaf are culturally sensitive, scientifically proven innovations to fortify meals with natural iron and reduce the prevalence of iron deficiency anemia in women and children. Clinical work on the Fish and Leaf have been published by independent academic institutions to demonstrate their safety, efficacy and impact. Preparing meals or boiling water with the Fish or Leaf and a few drops of citrus/acid for 10 minutes releases a consistent amount (6-8mg) of iron that fortifies the meal. Feedback and other assessments indicate that the iron does not affect the taste or colour of the food and so far, no side-effects have been reported. The Fish and Leaf ingots are designed to appeal to the end-user to improve compliance. As a result, compliance levels have been shown to be high (>90%) in many places. Cooking with the iron Fish/Leaf can be used by a family of up to 5 for 5 years. Therefore, not only are the Fish/Leaf simple to use but they are affordable. Lucky Iron Fish operates two business models; selling direct to consumers through e-commerce and selling to NGOs, Charities and Foundations at a discounted price. To date, Lucky Iron Fish has positively impacted over 850,000 lives.
At Kirk Humanitarian, we are dedicated to improving global health through a focus on women’s nutrition during pregnancy. Around the world, most women – especially women in LMICs – are unable to get the nutrition they need during pregnancy from their diets alone. At Kirk Humanitarian we help to make MMS, a common component of prenatal care in wealthy countries, reach women who would otherwise not have access. We also support NGOs and governments as they launch MMS programs. In the past 18 years, we have produced the largest quantity of United Nations International Multiple Micronutrient Antenatal Preparation (UNIMMAP) MMS in the world. We have helped provide this high-quality MMS to women in more than 80 countries at no cost – and our reach is growing. Between 2020 and 2023, we plan to grow our impact to more than 18 million additional women who would otherwise not have had access. The evidence is clear: MMS is safe, affordable, and cost-effective. And it’s more effective at preventing adverse birth outcomes than iron-folic acid (IFA), the currently provided supplement in LMICs. We at Kirk Humanitarian believe that every woman deserves a healthy pregnancy, and every child deserves a healthy start – no matter where they live. That’s why we help ensure the production of high-quality, affordable UNIMMAP-MMS, donate it to governments and NGOs, and support implementation research and advocacy to maximize the impact of MMS worldwide.
About IFPRI The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 600 employees working in over 50 countries. It is a research center of CGIAR, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development. Vision and Mission IFPRI’s vision is a world free of hunger and malnutrition. Its mission is to provide research-based policy solutions that sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. IFPRI also leads two CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs): Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).
Food Fortification Initiative
The Food Fortification Initiative (FFI) champions effective grain fortification so people have the nutrition they need to be smarter, stronger, and healthier. A third of the world's population are affected by micronutrient deficiencies. Inadequate intake of micronutrients like iron and folic acid have devastating impacts on individuals and entire populations. The consequences of micronutrient deficiencies can be extensive, including birth defects, impaired brain development in young children, and reduced work capacity among adults. Food fortification is a proven, cost-effective intervention to prevent micronutrient deficiencies. That's why we help country leaders plan, implement, and monitor fortification of industrially milled wheat flour, maize flour, and rice. The only global group that focuses exclusively on these commonly consumed grains, we use evidence-based decision making to effectuate large-scale change. Established in 2002, FFI is a public, private, and civic partnership based at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. About the GFDx FFI, along with partners including GAIN, IGN, and the Micronutrient Forum, supports the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx), an analysis and visualization tool for food fortification data. The goal of the GFDx is to empower the global fortification community to make data-driven decisions on food fortification policies and programs.
Founded in 1994, Vitamin Angels is a global public health nutrition organization that promotes health and economic equity across the lifespan by ensuring nutritionally vulnerable, underserved populations have access to evidence-based nutrition interventions. Vitamin Angels impacts 70 million mothers and children in 70 countries, annually. <b>Our Mission</b> Vitamin Angels helps at-risk populations in need – specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five – gain access to life changing vitamins and minerals. <b>What We Do</b> Vitamin Angels promotes health and economic equity across the lifespan by ensuring nutritionally vulnerable, underserved populations have access to evidence-based nutrition interventions. <b>The Problem</b> Undernutrition occurs when a person lacks sufficient intake of energy and nutrients to meet an individual’s needs to maintain good health. To promote health and economic equity across the lifespan, Vitamin Angels aims to break the cycle of undernutrition by focusing on nutritionally vulnerable populations during the first 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday and up to the time a child turns five years old. <b>The Need </b> The World Health Organization estimates that at least half of the world’s population still lacks access to essential health services (i.e. are underserved). Lack of access remains greatest in low resource settings globally and disproportionally affects communities experiencing marginalization. <b>Our Approach</b> Vitamin Angels responds by focusing on nutritionally vulnerable, underserved populations experiencing barriers to access. Various barriers exist that prevent individuals and communities from benefiting from evidence-based nutrition services, including accessibility, affordability, awareness, availability, and acceptability. <b>Our Model</b> VA partners with stakeholders (e.g. governments, academia, and non-governmental organizations) at both the national and local level, to: • Engage in advocacy and advisory services to support an enabling environment which builds and sustains momentum for the initial uptake and ongoing use of evidence-based nutrition interventions, • Provide technical assistance to ensure effective delivery of evidence-based nutrition interventions through implementation research, learning solutions, and monitoring and evaluation, and • Increase the availability of evidence-based nutrition interventions to women and children. VA specifically focuses on ensuring access to a range of nutrition-specific interventions including supplemental feeding, supplementation, combatting childhood infections, and promotion of optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices. <b>Our Impact</b> Vitamin Angels supports evidence-based interventions that are scientifically proven to have health impacts. Increasing access to evidence-based nutrition interventions among women and children leads to the following impact: • Reduction in morbidity • Reduction in mortality • Improved cognitive and social-emotional functioning • Improved academic performance • Increased earnings Vitamin Angels collects data that verifies that evidence-based nutrition interventions are delivered effectively by monitoring outputs and outcomes, which allows Vitamin Angels to estimate impact. Achieving this impact is an important step toward breaking the cycle of undernutrition which ultimately promotes health and economic equity across the lifespan for underserved populations.
The Micronutrient Forum (MN Forum) serves as a global catalyst and convener for sharing expertise, insights and experience relevant to micronutrients in all aspects of health promotion and disease prevention, with special emphasis on the integration with relevant sectors. Our primary objective is to foster dialogue among the research, policy, clinical, program and private sector communities to facilitate the translation of evidence for policy and program planning, and to inform research needs and priorities based on evidence gaps to support programs. Vision A world where all people have access to all essential micronutrients at levels needed to promote health and prevent disease. Mission To be a global leader bridging scientific knowledge with policy and programs across multiple sectors, by providing support for capacity development and continuous dialogue for action, to ensure the full integration of nutrition, and in particular the importance micronutrient adequacy, in health promotion and disease prevention throughout the life cycle.
Helen Keller International
UC Davis - Nutrition
The UC Davis Institute for Global Nutrition (IGN) coordinates research and training activities concerning human nutrition problems of low-income countries, and of ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups in the United States. The specific objectives of the IGN are: • To conduct basic and applied research on issues of human nutrition relevant to low-income and disadvantaged populations. • To plan and manage the educational curriculum leading to a Designated Emphasis (minor) in International and Community Nutrition for doctoral students of the participating graduate programs, and to coordinate training activities for other graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. • To provide technical assistance to national governments and international agencies concerned with food and nutrition policies. • To foster collaborative exchanges of students and faculty between UC Davis and research and training institutions abroad. The educational curriculum provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to master their chosen primary disciplines, while simultaneously exposing them to interdisciplinary research methods. The training program therefore combines courses in basic biological sciences, behavioral sciences, and social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary seminars in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition programs at the community and national levels.
International Atomic Energy Agency
The IAEA’s mission is to increase the contribution of nuclear technology to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world. The Nutritional and Health-related Environmental Studies Section supports the application of stable isotope methods to develop and evaluate interventions to combat malnutrition in all its forms.
Backed by more than 150 years’ experience, we are a leading global ingredient supplier namely in the industries of dietary supplements, food and beverages. We offer a broad range of health ingredients and solutions for end-products that support a long, active and healthy life. Part of this health portfolio are vitamins A, D, E, K and B-vitamins; carotenoids, peptides, human milk oligosaccharide, omega-3, as well as phytosterols and lutein. These ingredients all play a key role in the well-being of consumers all over the world. BASF’s Food Fortification initiatives offer product solutions, technical assistance and scientific capabilities to contribute to reducing micronutrient deficiencies. We are engaged in projects in over 40 countries and work in multi-stakeholder alliances to ensure a sustainable impact. Through our holistic solutions and partnerships, we support multi-stakeholder initiatives for improved nutrition, including academia, public-interest organizations and local private sector.
UC Davis - Agriculture