Nutriset joins the Business Call to Action (BctA) with a commitment to reach 79 million malnourished children by 2026. To achieve this, it will empower local partners in its PlumpyField® network to procure 6,900 tons of raw materials for nutrition products each year.
Launched in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that engage people with less than US$8 per day in purchasing power as consumers, producers, suppliers and distributors. It is supported by several international organizations and hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
With regards to SDG 2: "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture", both Nutriset and its PlumpyField® partners are scaling up its impact by engaging local small businesses around the world to strengthen local economies while producing foods that match cultural tastes and culinary habits.
For over thirty years, family-owned Nutriset has pioneered research and development of specialized products for the treatment and prevention of malnutrition, including the renowned ready-to-use therapeutic food Plumpy’Nut® which revolutionized the treatment of severe acute malnutrition of children. The PlumpyField® network offers localized, sustainable solutions to malnutrition that build food value chains and drive economic development – tackling the underlying causes of malnutrition and establishing a foundation for sustainable food security in these countries.
“In order to determine how best to create local impacts through our products, we are working across the entire food value chain, from individual growers to the children who consume its products,” says Adeline Lescanne-Gautier, General Manager of Nutriset. “This has allowed members of the PlumpyField® network to locally source 19,300 tons of raw materials and reach nearly 37 million children, and this number is set to rise dramatically in the future.”
Members of the PlumpyField® network partner with local producers of peanuts, a key ingredient found in Nutriset products, but also with those growing chickpeas, rice and lentils in order to develop alternative recipes that match the diversity of food cultures.
The massive rural exodus and trends of rapid urbanization in developing countries urges the company to focus on food solutions, inspired from traditional diets, with high nutritional value and appeal to the needs of city dwellers, particularly the most vulnerable groups living in townships, slums and informal settlements.
Operating as a catalyst for a range of stakeholders, from farmers to manufacturers, policy makers and beneficiaries, Nutriset will promote the expansion of supply chains and partnerships within the PlumpyField® model to benefit from local knowledge and promote nutritional autonomy for all.
Learn more about Nutriset's commitment to the Business Call to Action (BCtA)