My family and I are preparing for a 6 month leave to Kenya. We’ll board the plane on the 4th of February, and now we are in full preparation for two main goals.
One, we are taking our daughter to meet our new son, Simon, who we will adopt in Nairobi. We’re meeting Simon for the first time on the 8th of February.
Two, I’m being briefed both in Kaiseraugst and Rome for my World Food Programme (WFP) assignment, which will start in mid-March.
It’s very interesting to learn in depth how we, DSM, have been contributing to so many children’s lives through the fortified foods program of WFP.
In this way, they have a much better chance to develop to their full potential, as scientifically backed by studies supported by Sight and Life. I hope my son also benefited from a fortified diet in the critical first years of his life. From now on we will make sure that he can develop to his full potential.
The WFP is moving away from using U.S.and European grown food that is donated in kind to buying from local suppliers in developing countries. This reduces logistical costs and more importantly boosts and develops the local economy.
The quality of the food for the beneficiaries, of course, still needs to be guaranteed. Therefore, WFP is currently active to improve the quality awareness at potential local suppliers.
A crucial part of my assignment will be in assessing the food safety and quality of potential suppliers of processed cereals, including possibilities to fortify locally.