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BASF: Fighting malnutrition with fortified staple foods

Apr 02, 2013

BASF, in collaboration with GIZ, continues to help fight malnutrition by providing people with food that contributes to a more nutritional intake. They have managed to reach almost 100 million people in various developing countries.

Two billion people in developing and transitioning countries suffer from a lack of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals in their diet. Among the consequences of such micronutrient deficiency are night blindness, higher infant, child and maternal mortality as well as a weakened immune system.

BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, has a portfolio ranging from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. Within BASF’s Nutrition & Health division, the improvement of the nutrition, health and wellbeing of consumers all over the world is a main goal. As one of the largest producers of micronutrients, such as Vitamin A, BASF is contributing to the fight against micronutrient deficiency.

In 2008, BASF initiated the Strategic Alliance for the Fortification of Oil and Other Staple Foods (SAFO) in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The development partnership was set up with the aim of securing sufficient vitamin A intake to at least 100 million people in developing and emerging countries. As of early 2012, SAFO was operational in Bolivia, Indonesia, and Tanzania.

SAFO has already achieved its goal: More than 150 million people with malnutrition now have access to vitamin A-fortified cooking oil. The success of the initiative is based on its systemic approach, working with all stakeholders at country level to create the political, technical, commercial and public health framework conditions for food fortification.

Over the past few months, with the support of Endeva, a comprehensive WBCSD case study has been compiled examining the initiative’s approach and achievements. It includes the example of Tanzania to show how SAFO is implemented at the country level.

Source : WBCSD
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