Food for Development works with customers, governments, development agencies, funding organizations and NGOs to drive development of the dairy and food value chain worldwide.
With the world’s population set to reach 9 billion by 2050, pressure on natural resources is growing all the time, and food prices are rising. Access to food and nutrition is vital to tackling development challenges, and to promoting economic and social sustainability. Around 800 million people in the world still go to bed hungry every night, while one in six children in developing countries – around 100 million – are underweight.
Through our aseptic processing and packaging solutions, we are working to tackle these challenges and move towards achieving our vision: to make food safe and available, everywhere. Building on our long experience of helping governments to develop and implement school milk programmes, Food for Development was set up in 2000 to enable us to offer expertise and support to governments and other partners to develop school feeding and childhood nutrition programmes in a more systematic way.
Food for Development helps drive development of the entire dairy and food value chain, by working with customers, governments, development agencies, funding organizations and NGOs all over the world. Through strong public-private partnerships, we grow markets for Tetra Pak – and our customers – at the same time as supporting development in emerging countries and increasing access to nutrition worldwide.
We work closely with governments and international agencies all around the world to implement school feeding programmes to ensure that children get access to safe food and education, at the same time as creating demand for locally produced and processed quality milk.
Today at least 368 million children worldwide receive food at school. However, there is still potential for many more to benefit from school feeding both as an important source of nutrition and as a way to improve attendance and results in schools. The first school feeding programme using Tetra Pak packages was launched in Mexico in 1962, and today 66 million children are reached by a Tetra Pak package in their schools.
We also work with dairy farming development, helping local dairy processors to access more and better locally produced milk while helping smallholder farmers to move from subsistence farming to running milk production as a profitable business. Nearly one billion people live on dairy farms, smallholdings or in landless households keeping one or more animals.
Our commitment to adopting a value chain approach goes back to the 1960s, and the earliest days of the aseptic packaging solution. Ruben Rausing recognized that in order to help customers in developing countries build up a sustainable and profitable dairy industry, it was important to focus on the development of the whole milk value chain.
We also believe that building a sustainable value chain is the most effective way to tackle global challenges related to food and nutrition. Even today, much food is still lost in production or wasted during distribution and consumption, for example because it cannot be collected, processed, packaged or stored correctly.
Tetra Pak is a world leader in food processing and packaging systems. Together with our sister company DeLaval, which offers products and services for milk producers, we have the knowledge and expertise to support the dairy value chain from cow to consumer. We work to address the needs and requirements of each actor in the food value chain, creating links and filling gaps, with the ultimate goal of making food safe and available, everywhere.
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