DSM and UN WFP strengthen partnership to combat global

DSM and UN WFP strengthen partnership to combat global malnutrition 
HEERLEN, THE NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 01/24/13 --  Royal DSM,
the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and the
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world's largest
humanitarian organization fighting hunger around the world, today
signed an Agreement extending their existing partnership for three
years (to 2015) to combat hidden
hunger and malnutrition in the
developing world. DSM and WFP will seek to double
the number of
people who benefit from their work together, from the current annual
reach of 15 million to 25-30 million per year by 2015. DSM's
public-private partnership with WFP, in place since 2007, has
contributed to improving the diets of people, using essential
vitamins, nutrients and fortified rice, in countries that include
Nepal, Kenya, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The strengthened
partnership will focus on pregnant and nursing women, young children
and vulnerable households. 
Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, said:
"DSM's mission
is to provide brighter lives for people today and
generations to come. Our partnership with the UN WFP is about
improving nutrition and fighting micronutrient deficiencies. As the
world's largest producer of vitamins and other micronutrients we have
a clear responsibility to help solve the globe's
most solvable
problem: hidden hunger. DSM is immensely proud of our
partnership
with WFP and intensifying this successful relationship
has yielded the ambitious
plan of more than doubling the number of
beneficiaries over the next three years." 
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme, stated:
"Investing
in nutrition solutions for the world's most vulnerable
people is an essential
element of the fight against global hunger.
With DSM's continued support, WFP is committed to providing the right
food at the right time, especially for children
in the first 1,000
days of life. When building the potential of future generations,
there is no substitute for good nutrition." 
The DSM-WFP partnership 
As one of WFP's Global Humanitarian Partners, DSM combines technical
and scientific expertise with high-nutrient products and financial
assistance to
help improve the nutritional value of the food WFP
distributes to those in need.
DSM supports WFP operations around the
world through the addition of critical
vitamins, minerals and other
micronutrients to WFP's food basket 
Through the partnership with WFP, DSM has used its unique scientific
expertise
in health and nutrition to develop micronutrient
innovations that meet the specific nutrition needs of the people WFP
supports, including ready-to-use sachets of vitamins and minerals
that can be added to food (MixMe(TM)), as well
as fortified rice
(Nutririce((R))). DSM has also helped WFP improve the formula of its
fortified blended foods. 
DSM and WFP will continue to trial and test new products and programs
that tackle hidden hunger and malnutrition. DSM will also continue
assisting WFP in
implementing its nutrition strategy at national,
regional and global levels,
providing on-going technical and
scientific support and supplying food supplements and food
fortification products.. To enhance this vital partnership,
DSM and
WFP will reach out to engage governments and stakeholders and will
encourage fundraising activities by DSM's 22,000 employees, based on
the company's core belief that business cannot succeed in a society
that fails. 
The solvable global problem: hunger 
An estimated 2 billion people globally suffer from the effects of
micronutrient
deficiencies, in that they don't receive the necessary
levels of vitamins and
minerals that allow them to develop to their
full mental and physical potential.
This hidden hunger has a major
impact on child development, educational attainment, economic
productivity and can lead to chronic diseases and higher
mortality. 
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies account for an estimated 7% of the
global disease burden, while iron, vitamin A and zinc deficiencies
rank among the top
10 leading causes of death due to disease in
developing countries. The mental
development in 40% - 60% of infants
in the developing world is impaired due to
nutrition insecurity and
micronutrient deficiency. Micronutrient supplementation
and
fortification have been ranked as the top development investments by
the
Copenhagen Consensus; indeed, malnutrition can lower a nation's
GDP by at least
2% - 3%. 
For further information on the work of the partnership please visit: 
www.wfp.org/companies  and www.dsm.com 
UN World Food Programme (WFP) 
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger
worldwide. Each
year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million
people in more than 70 countries. Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media or
visit us at www.wfp.org. 
DSM - Bright Science. Brighter Living.(TM) 
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health,
nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life
Sciences and Materials
Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity,
environmental progress and social
advances to create sustainable
value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that
nourish, protect and improve performance in global
markets such as
food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals,
medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life
protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM's
22,000
employees deliver annual net sales of around EUR9 billion. The
company is listed on NYSE Euronext. More information can be found at
www.dsm.com. 
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Press release-pdf: http://hugin.info/130663/R/1672829/544473.pdf 
Feike Sijbesma and Ertharin Cousin-jpg:
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For more information:
DSM Corporate Communications
Eric Drosin
tel. +31 (0) 45 5782035
e-mail media.relations@dsm.com 
UN World Food Programme
Molly Slotznick
tel. +39 345 644 3105
e-mail molly.slotznick@wfp.org 
DSM Investor Relations
Dave Huizing
tel. +31 (0) 45 5782864
e-mail investor.relations@dsm.com 
 
 
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