Bridging the micronutrient gap: Nestlé’s approach to bio-fortification in Africa

The ‘double burden’ of malnutrition is a growing problem in developing countries worldwide.

Nestlé, the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company, is determined to play a part in addressing the dual issue of persistent under-nutrition, and the rise in obesity and diet-related chronic diseases.

Recent statistics revealed that more than a third of children below the age of five suffer from under-nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

Malnourished children may be stunted in growth, have reduced Intelligence Quotient (IQ), and a lower resistance to infection due to a lack of Vitamin A, Zinc, Iron or Iodine.

Micronutrient deficiencies are very common nutritional issues for the population in Africa and Nestlé is helping to tackle this increasing problem by identifying and addressing the different nutritional gaps in diets.

Using information from local governments and international health authorities, the company is adapting its portfolio by adding these nutrients to its products.

Nestlé is also leading nutrition-related initiatives in partnership with other organisations as a way of bridging the micronutrient gap for both adults and children in developing countries.

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