GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition)

May 20, 2009 12:45 ET

GAIN-Business Alliance Global Forum

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - May 20, 2009) - Each year 3.5 million children under five years old die of malnutrition. Malnutrition is estimated to cost between 2-3% GDP. 963 million people do not have enough to eat - more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) fights malnutrition by building public-private partnerships to get healthier foods and supplements to those people most at risk. GAIN provides technical and financial support to national partnerships to fortify staple foods and condiments.

The GAIN Business Alliance, chaired by Unilever, is an alliance of member companies building market-based solutions to tackling malnutrition worldwide. It includes Ajinomoto, AkzoNobel, BASF, Britannia, Cargill, Danone, DSM, Firmenich, Fortitech, Mars, Pepsico, Tetra Pak and Unilever.

Join us at the GAIN Business Alliance Global Forum on 27 May 2009 in Amsterdam.

Speakers include:

- Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

- Dr. David Nabarro, Coordinator of the UN Secretary General's High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis

- Jay Naidoo, Chair, GAIN Board; Chairman, Development Bank of Southern Africa

- Syed S. Kaiser Kabir, CEO, Renata Limited, Bangladesh

- Belete Beyene, Managing Director, Hilina Enriched Foods, Ethiopia

- Doug Baillie, President, Unilever Western Europe

- Rob Frohn, Board of Management, AkzoNobel

- Mauricio Adade, President, Human Nutrition and Health, DSM

- Paulus M. Verschuren, Chair, GAIN Business Alliance; Director, Global Health Partnerships, Unilever

- Giuseppe van der Helm, Director, VBDO, the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development in the Netherlands

Highlights of the day

- 8.45. Launch of the Amsterdam Initiative on Malnutrition (AIM). GAIN, the Government of the Netherlands, Unilever, DSM, AzkoNobel and Wageningen University join in a new innovative partnership to end malnutrition in Africa.

- 9.45-10.15. Press conference.

-- Jay Naidoo

-- Minister Bert Koenders

-- Doug Baillie,

-- Mauricio Adade,

-- Rob Frohn,

- 10.15. Key Note Address: Dr. David Nabarro

- 14.15. DSM receives the GAIN Business Award for Innovation in Nutrition for NutriRice, a new technology that enables rice fortification.

- 14.45. Panel, Accelerating Innovative Financing Mechanisms

When: 27 May 2009. 8.30-18.00

Where: Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam

Piet Heinkade 11

Phone: +31 20 519 12 00
Fax: +31 20 519 12 49

To register:

Media Contact. Frederique Tissandier.

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