Bayer expands Nutrient Gap Initiative to help end malnutrition

Aiming to improve access to essential nutrients for 50 million people by 2030

As a part of the company’s vision “Health for all, Hunger for None,” German firm Bayer has announced the expansion of one of its signature sustainability programmes, the Nutrient Gap Initiative, to now improve access to both nutritious food and safety net supplementation.  

The programme initially aimed to expand access to essential vitamins and minerals to 50 million people in underserved communities by 2030, with a focus on nutritional supplementation, a critical tool to build a safety net for malnutrition in these communities. 

On the occasion of the initiative’s second anniversary, the company is evolving the program to also help close the nutrient gap through the most fundamental source: food, namely fruits, vegetables and grains.

In India, the programme will help with Seed Distribution and Education, providing high-quality seeds to urban farmers, enabling access to home-grown vegetables to include in their diet. In addition, Bayer is donating seeds to help people in underserved communities get access to nutritious food while sharing information about the health benefits of vitamins and minerals. Bayer will also be introducing a digital platform to provide tools to help smallholder farmers in India improve their growing practices, which will enable them to improve their yield and provide more nutrient-rich vegetables for their communities.

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