Our work with affordable foods began when studies by leading paediatricians indicated that an inexpensive addition of whey ingredients to supplementary foods could promote child recovery from moderate acute malnutrition. Further investigations have since revealed opportunities to make nutrition accessible and affordable for consumers on very low incomes, where malnutrition is a risk factor.
We have defined three initial target areas for our work to make healthier food more widely available to vulnerable consumers in developing countries:
- dairy products that promote better health at the most affordable price
- nutritional powder mixes that combat malnutrition among specific consumer groups
- ready-to-use supplementary foods of high nutritional quality for faster recovery from moderate acute malnutrition
Whey permeate and whey protein are relevant ingredients within all three areas. Our objective is to help stimulate local supply chains in close collaboration with our partners.
These efforts are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 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