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 Global Malnutrition

Malnutrition is disabling -- for individuals, families and nations, and particularly tragic for children under two--a life stage when adequate diets are critically important to development and long term health.

Over one billion people, or more than 15 percent of the estimated world population, are undernourished (FAO, 2009), most in developing countries. Malnutrition contributes to at least 3.5 million child deaths each year and compromises the health and well-being of millions more, crippling families, communities and nations.

SUSTAIN engineers practical solutions to malnutrition by:

Developing tools and technologies:  SUSTAIN taps industry expertise to develop, apply and prove innovative tools and technologies to enhance the nutritive quality of food, and thus the quality of life for people in developing countries. These initiatives focus on the most vulnerable populations, particularly infants and young children, women of child-bearing age and others with elevated or special nutritional needs.

Applying solutions:  SUSTAIN confronts the global challenges of micronutrient, protein, and energy malnutrition with applied expertise in food manufacturing, quality assurance, product development and formulation, market research and distribution. With a diverse array of public and private sector partners we develop ways to improve food formulations, manufacturing quality assurance, and micronutrient fortification.

Capturing opportunities:  SUSTAIN identifies key opportunities to enhance food quality and nutrition, solicits input and consensus from leading experts on courses of action, and introduces technology-based nutrition interventions that can support themselves once integrated into sustainable business models.

Bridging sectors:  SUSTAIN initiatives capture the strength and synergy of public/private partnering. We orchestrate collaborations of food industries, governments, the science community, and international organizations to bring diverse talent to bear on nutritional challenges affecting the world’s neediest people. Engaging a diversity of stakeholders in turn assures broad buy-in to solutions.