Better nutrition for low-income families in developing countries

Affordable nutrition

Affordable nutrition – overcoming moderate malnutrition in low-income families

Inadequate nutrition is a constant challenge for low-income families living on a few dollars a day. For many, the priority is to buy the most filling foods they can afford to avoid everyday hunger. Their staple diet often lacks essential nutrients as a result. At Arla Foods Ingredients, our work with affordable food is aimed at providing better access to nutrition.

Breaking the vicious circle

Moderate malnutrition stunts the growth and development of millions of children around the world. It also compromises the health of young women – the mothers of the next generation. Initiatives that deliver reliable supplies of affordable, healthy and safe foods are vital to breaking this vicious circle. 

Working with external partners, we are helping to build sustainable business models to provide better nutrition for low-income families in developing countries. The goal is to create value for all participants in the supply chain and, through that, make a long-term difference.

Our three target areas are:

  • Dairy products that deliver key nutrients at an affordable price
  • Nutritional powder mixes that combat malnutrition
  • Ready-to-use supplementary foods that support faster recovery from moderate acute malnutrition

Local milk, local dairy

In all our collaborative projects, the aim is to make the best use of locally produced milk by enabling local dairies to produce affordable and nutritious products. Our contribution is a low-cost whey ingredient and processing expertise.


A common goal

The aim of all our partnership projects are to bring affordable and better nutrition to people on very low incomes – primarily children and young women who most often lack vital nutrients during growth and pregnancy. Using locally produced raw materials, we work with our partners to produce healthy products and build sustainable food supply chains.

Did you know…
Malnutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life from conception until its second birthday can lead to irreversible stunting with lifelong negative consequences for physical growth and cognitive development.

Collaborative projects

What is a public-private partnership? Most of our affordable nutrition projects at Arla Foods Ingredients are based on public-private partnerships. This is where NGOs, knowledge institutions and authorities cooperate with private businesses to reach a common goal, where the partners share responsibilities, risks, competences and resources. Read more here.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

These efforts are aligned with the following SDGs in particular:

  • No. 2: to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
  • No. 8: to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • No. 12: to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • No. 17: to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Read about our collaborative affordable food projects  and our commitment to the WHO global infant feeding recommendation.

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