Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under five2 - amounting to about 3 million young lives lost each year2 worldwide. But its effects run even deeper.
Chronic malnutrition early in life leads to stunting (being short for one’s age), which is irreversible and affects not only the body but the brain. Globally, some 155 million children2 suffer from this condition. It affects their ability to learn and perform at school; their earning potential and work opportunities into adulthood; and it makes them more vulnerable to various non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
As the leading science-based supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and nutritional lipids, DSM is addressing this problem by fortifying and supplementing the diets of people in most affected areas, like Africa, Asia and Latin America.