Micronutrient fortification

Our commitment: Help reduce the risk of undernutrition through micronutrient fortification

Our commitment: Help reduce the risk of undernutrition through micronutrient fortification

Our objectives

By 2016 – We will reach 200 billion micronutrient-fortified servings of foods and beverages annually worldwide, helping to address global micronutrient deficiencies with a special focus on children and women of childbearing age.

By 2015 – We will develop biofortified crops and launch new products in key markets to expand our fortified products portfolio and benefit rural farming communities.

Our progress

In 2014, we continued to make good progress towards our target, providing 183 billion servings of fortified foods worldwide (2013: over 167 billion). We extended reach on product categories for children and women of childbearing age, such as fortified infant cereals and growing-up milks.

We continue to develop and test biofortified varieties of staple crops in collaboration with agricultural research institutes in several countries. Current work focuses on establishing supply chains to ensure the availability of commercial quantities of these crops. We have focused on four promising biofortified crops in 2014: maize, wheat, sweet potato and rice.

Our perspective

Nestlé is committed to helping address micronutrient deficiencies through fortification of affordable, nutritious foods and beverages. Developing new varieties of biofortified staple food crops is one way we can improve the nutritional content of our products and address micronutrient deficiencies in the diets of local communities at the same time. But this complex process can take several years as new plant varieties must be tested for crop yield under different climatic conditions and disease resistance, and their nutritional characteristics validated. The new crop must then be approved for release by the relevant governmental authorities and a stable supply of high-quality seeds established. Farmers may need training and support to grow it with good results. Identifying ways to measure the impact of our biofortified foods remains a key focus.

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