Working in multi-stakeholder alliances to ensure a sustainable impact
BASF’s Food Fortification Initiative works with multi-stakeholder alliances to ensure the success and sustainability of the projects we are engaged in. Together with our partners we work on creating holistic solutions in the area of food fortification – from the food producer to the end consumer. BASF offers solutions along the whole nutrition value chain.
As a leading manufacturer of micronutrients, BASF’s technical expertise is valued by local food producers and other stakeholders alike. Crucial for the success of the projects is collaborating with all relevant stakeholders towards the shared goals of improving nutrition for populations at risk of malnutrition.
In our projects we are working with private and public sector partners, NGOs and academia. If you would like to work together with BASF’s Food Fortification Initiative on a project, we would be happy to hear from you.
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The Strategic Alliance “Affordable Nutritious Foods for Women” (ANF4W) constitutes an innovative approach to reduce the global burden of micronutrient deficiencies particularly in women of reproductive age and in children below the age of two. Worldwide, particular this target group disproportionately lacks iron, folic acid, vitamin A and zinc, while having an increased requirement for micronutrients. This has serious consequences, since it weakens the immune system and makes affected persons more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Moreover, micronutrient deficiencies increase maternal, infant and child morbidity and mortality. The ANF4W project creates a sustainable demand for affordable micronutrient-rich foods in order to reduce these inadequacies.
For ANF4W the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ) and BASF teamed up in a systemic multi-stakeholder partnership model. BASF as a leading nutrient manufacturer provides affordable high-quality vitamin A and technical assistance to local small and medium scale staple food millers. Moreover, quality control of fortified foods is made possible through the test kits of our partner BioAnalyt and BASF’s own rapid test kits. These pocket labs screen the vitamin A content in edible oils and flours in a cost-effective fashion.
So far 2,850,000 women in Kenya and Tanzania at risk of micronutrient deficiencies have been reached with fortified foods. ANF4W’s current phase runs until 2017, however partners scope options for extending and replicating this existing partnership.
SAFO, the “Strategic Alliance for the Fortification of Oil and Other Staple Foods”, was a develoPPP.de development partnership between BASF and GIZ, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which was running from 2008 until 2012.
The objective of SAFO was to improve access by low-income population groups in selected developing and transition countries to vitamin-A-fortified staple foods. SAFO has reached more than 100 million people at risk of malnutrition in the main partner countries of SAFO in Asia, Africa and South America.
SAFO in now continued through ANF4W and has since then become a benchmark for impactful systemic partnerships.
For BASF nutrition and health are main drivers of productivity and key for societal development and business success. Therefore, BASF engages in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, which has been launched in 2010 to support national leadership and collective action of governments, researchers, international organizations and the private sector to scale up nutrition.
Explicitly, BASF operates in the framework of the SUN Business Network (SBN), a complementary platform of the SUN Movement specifically established for companies to improve nutrition. As a member of the SBN, BASF collaborates with partners in order to advance food and nutrition security for malnourished population groups.
BASF´s commitment to contribute to nutrition quality includes not only to improve the nutrition and healthy lifestyle of its about 113,000 employees in more than 80 countries but also to support access to fortified staple foods through its Food Fortification Initiative.