Help reduce the risk of under-nutrition through micronutrient fortification
Iron Fortification: Our iron fortification programme focuses on India, Pakistan, the Caribbean, Central America, Central and West African countries and Pacific Islands.
By 2016 – We will reach 200 billion micronutrient fortified servings of foods and beverages annually worldwide, with a special focus on children and women of childbearing age.
By 2015 – We will launch biofortified products in key markets as a complement to direct fortification.
In 2013, we provided over 167 billion servings of nutritious and fortified foods and beverages such as products used to prepare family meals, dairy products, powdered beverages or cereals for children (2012: over 150 billion). In 2013, six biofortified products (rice, wheat, maize, sweet potato, cassava and millet) were in development in our R&D centres (2012: eight crops).
Micronutrients such as iron, vitamin A, iodine and zinc are essential for growth and development. However, over one-third of the world’s population obtains inadequate amounts from their diet, leading to serious health problems for individuals and tremendous productivity losses and health costs for developing countries. Nestlé is committed to addressing micronutrient deficiencies through fortification of affordable, nutritious foods and beverages, and measuring the impact through scientific research. However, the global micronutrient gap is huge and Nestlé can only provide a small portion. Therefore, we increasingly work in a collaborative manner with governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other relevant partners to increase further the consumer’s nutrition and health.
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