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October 17, 2019

Danone teams up with UN on global nutrition initiative

French dairy giant Danone has teamed up with the United Nations on a new initiative linked to global nutrition and food safety.

By Leonie Barrie

French dairy giant Danone has teamed up with the United Nations on a global nutrition and food-safety project.

It has joined forces with The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to attempt to improve global nutrition and food-safety knowledge and promote responsible agricultural value chains for more sustainable food systems.

FAO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

It has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Danone aimed at scaling up sustainable food and agricultural practices and providing people with access to more diverse and healthier foods.

FAO director-general Qu Dongyu said: “This agreement will help advance global efforts to improve nutrition and food safety, and make food systems more sustainable.”

Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone, said: “I am pleased to strengthen the ties between Danone and FAO by this agreement, and to work together towards regenerative agriculture practices and eating habits – in line with our ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision. 

“FAO holds a hugely critical agenda for our common future and it is core to Danone’s goals to contribute to a collective effort in creating climate-resilient and future-proof food systems.”

The MoU will see the two organisations exchange information on emerging food-safety issues, including new trends and drivers, and share data on food consumption and nutrient intakes to improve knowledge and foster the adoption of healthier eating habits, starting with Egypt as a pilot country.

They will also exchange knowledge related to food systems and nutrition security through the provision by the FAO of its e-learning courses and digital certification to Danone employees, and promote compliance with sustainable development goals and responsible business conduct in global agricultural supply chains. 

FAO and Danone are also committing to work together to promote the conservation, sustainable use, management and restoration of biodiversity for food and agriculture. This will include promoting sustainable production systems that integrate biodiversity considerations throughout value chains, as well as the restoration of landscapes to protect biodiversity present in and around production systems.

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