As the leading science-based supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and nutritional lipids, DSM is addressing this problem by fortifying and supplementing the diets of people in the most affected areas, like Africa, Asia and Latin America. We offer a broad portfolio of nutritional solutions to address the specific nutritional requirements of a variety of the world’s most at-risk populations.
One of these solutions is micronutrient powders. These powders are designed for infants and children over six months of age and they can be mixed directly into any ready-to-eat semi-solid food to boost the micronutrient content of the diet. They come in sachets of 1 to 9 grams in weight (depending on how many children you are feeding with one sachet) and they are addressing a broad range of physical and cognitive development needs that have far-reaching consequences.
Take Malawi in East Africa. According to the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition, some 60% of its adults (4.5 million people) suffered from stunting as children. Around two-thirds of these people earn their living from manual labor, but can’t fulfill their economic and earning potential because of this physical affliction - representing an estimated $67 million loss to the economy.