What can be done to support the consumption of more healthy food products by the poorest people in low- and middle-income countries, the people at the so-called “Bottom of the Pyramid” (BoP)? That is an urgent challenge, given the fact that globally 155 million children are still stunted, 52 million children are wasted, and 2 billion people lack key nutrients like iron and vitamin A1.
This challenge is addressed by several actors in these countries and their international partners. Small, medium and larger enterprises from different sectors are those who use market-based solutions to produce, distribute and sell nutritious food products to consumers. In addition, NGOs and the public sector also contribute to tackling the different forms of malnutrition, including in countries with emergencies.
An event in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on October 4, 2018, facilitated... Read more
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On Tuesday, 05th December 2017 , Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources and Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever launched the exicting new tea project that was initiated by a memorandum of understanding signed in May 2016 by Unilever, a 50 Euro Billion Company which is the largest tea marketing company and the government of Rwanda to develop the Rwandan Tea sector in Nyaruguru District.
The agreement signed was a green light for Unilever to invest over $30 million in the tea sector of Rwanda by developing two large scale tea sites in the sectors of Kibeho and Munini as well as a tea processing factory. Development started earlier this year with the first planting in October with 2.5 million tea plants ready in nurseries for the planned expansion.
For all those interested in international and national policy, it is relevant to check updates on the Financing for Development Conference, now ongoing in Addis Abeba.
Hashtag on twitter: #FFD3
Article on collaboration between governments and businesses - by Mo Ibrahim and Paul Polman (the latter is CEO Unilever) - http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/13/opinions/mo-ibrahim-paul-polman-op-ed/index.html
Battle of the Brands: The Annual Scorecard Update
Twice a year, Oxfam takes a look at publically available information on the agricultural sourcing policies of the top ten food and beverage companies. These are the same companies that make a large portion of what you buy every day. They assess how well the top 10 Food & Beverage companies are performing on 7 themes: Transparency, Women, Workers, Farmers, Land, Water, and Climate.
Want to see how your favorite brands did? Check out the slide show or the interactive scorecard on the website of Behind the Brands.
To already give you some insight in the scores:
Unilever ranks 1st with an overall score of 71% and scoring highest of all companies on climate. Nestlé scores 2nd with an overall score of 69% and scoring high (8 out of 10) on climate and land (see also Nestlé's own article on this). Coca Cola scores 3rd with an overall score of 54% and scoring high on land as well. Other companies scored are a/o: PepsiCo, Mars, Mondelez, Kellogg, Danone, General Mills and Associated Briti... Read more