A new Public-Private Partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a consortium of partners under the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition was launched May 22nd 2013.
The Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM) is a Dutch partnership that develops innovative market based solutions to improve food and nutrition security for low-income consumers in selected countries in Eastern Africa and Southern Asia.
From the beginning, the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen UR has been active in AIM to develop unique public-private partnerships with local actors in developing countries to combat malnutrition. CDI plays a key role in building the M&E system that will strengthen the coherence between the different AIM projects. Also, CDI is involved in designing projects that are based on sustainable, market-based models to improve access to good nutrition. Through writing and coordinating a project in Kenya and Tanzania, CDI seeks to contribute to expanding market access to vegetables for consumers with a low income.
PartnersThe participating companies, Unilever, DSM, AkzoNobel, SPAR and Rijk Zwaan are all experts in developing, marketing and selling safe and high quality products, ranging from seeds to food supplements. Hivos, ICCO, BoPInc and GAIN have deeply rooted networks in and knowledge of the project countries. Rabobank Foundation helps improve access to finance in the target countries. The Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs is an important partner and co-financer. Business will contribute half the EUR 22m investment required, with the balance coming through a EUR 11m grant from the Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security of the Dutch Government. However, most important are the local partners. Each project has at least one or two leading local partners.
Photo: Deputy Director General International Cooperation Christiaan Rebergen shakes the hand of GAIN Executive Director Marc van Ameringen after he signed the AIM partnership agreement on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Rector Magnificus Martin Kropff, far left, represented Wageningen UR.