GAIN and IDH sign Memorandum of Understanding to reduce malnutrition in rural populations
4th Sept 2014, The Hague: The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to mark a new partnership to improve the health and nutrition of smallholder farmers and their communities in agricultural value chains.
The partnership aims to tackle the unacceptably high rates of malnutrition among rural agricultural communities in developing economies. Smallholder farmers produce over 70% of the world's food, yet are among the most food and nutrition insecure populations. Nutrition security is essential for improving farmer livelihoods, and can lift communities out of poverty.
GAIN and IDH will focus on delivering improved health and nutrition through leveraging agricultural value chains. Proving the business case for companies to integrate nutrition into producer training programs and establish a monitoring and evaluation framework to assess progress will be important components of the program.
Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director of GAIN said: “The high rates of malnutrition among farming communities demonstrates the need for agriculture and nutrition to work better together. The solutions are many and complex, but the starting point is essentially simple - to understand that we cannot lift rural communities out of poverty if farmers and their families are malnourished. Through this partnership we will explore the many barriers that prevent smallholder farmers from enjoying healthy diets and work with IDH to encourage companies to use their supply chains to tackle malnutrition.”
Joost Oorthuizen, Executive Director of IDH declared: “IDH is enthusiastic to sign this MOU with GAIN, and better integrate nutrition related interventions into our sector value chain program designs, moving into the nutrition space means moving into the happiness space, in terms of farmer livelihood improvement.”
The MoU was signed at a special event hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in The Hague, The Netherlands, which included a public debate on how to improve nutrition in agricultural supply chains.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organization launched at the UN Special Session on Children in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition.
We act as a catalyst – building alliances of governments, business and civil society – to find and deliver solutions to the complex problem of malnutrition. Today our programs are on track to reach over a billion people with improved nutrition by 2015.
We focus our efforts on children, girls and women because we know that providing these groups with sustainable, nutritious diets is crucial to ending the cycle of malnutrition.
Close to two billion people survive on diets that lack the vital nutrients needed for their bodies and brains to grow properly, for them to live a healthy life, and raise a healthy family.
By building alliances that deliver impact at scale, we believe that we can end malnutrition within our lifetimes.
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IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative was set up in 2008 as a new approach to development coopera¬tion. By combining aid and trade, and by leveraging the powers of the private sector, civil society and government to create impact on the MDGs 1, 7 and 8. Within a few years, IDH has expanded its opera¬tion into 18 different commodity sectors, working with over 250 companies in 50 different countries.
IDH’s accelerates and up-scale sustainable trade by building impact oriented coalitions of front running companies, civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders. By convening public & private interests, strengths, and knowledge, IDH programs sustainably transform commodity markets to create large scale improvements in the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of small scale farmers, reduce negative environmental impact, and support local value creation in developing countries - making sustainable production and consumption the norm.