Nutrition & Health 

Improving farmer and employee wellness

Many crops are grown in poor, remote rural areas where access to clean water, health facilities and sanitation is limited. This can be extremely detrimental for the health and wellbeing of farming communities.

 

Nutrition and health are the focus of UN Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 3, which aim to make good health, nutrition and zero hunger a reality for all.

Our initiatives include:

  • Ensuring our employees have access to enough safe sources of food, water and sanitation during working hours

  • Running the Healthy Living Campaign to reach communities with campaigns on health and nutrition

  • Promoting crop diversification to farmers to improve food and nutrition security

  • Mobile medical screenings in rural areas

  • Manufacturing and retailing fortified dairy products for consumers in African markets

  • Supporting manufacturing customers globally to reduce salt, fat and sugar through ingredients solutions

  • Supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic

Goals and Progress

We report on the goals and targets in the Human and Social Capital sections of our 2020 Annual Report.

 

As with many social change initiatives, we cannot achieve progress at scale in isolation. So, we work with other initiatives and partners such as:

 

  • Swiss Tropical Public Health Institute

  • Red Cross Society of Côte d’Ivoire 

Monitoring through AtSource

AtSource+ allows customers to track a number of social and health metrics in the supply chain including:

 

  • Percentage of farmer households with access to healthcare facilities

  • Percentage of farmer households with access to clean drinking water and sanitation

  • Percentage of farmer households that are food secure, using the MAHFP methodology

  • Number of beneficiaries from health infrastructure and equipment. For example, the construction and renovation of clinics, water-wells and sanitary facilities 

  • Number of beneficiaries receiving healthcare services, including medicines, health check-ups, HIV testing, community health workers, hospitals and mobile medical screenings

  • Number of beneficiaries attending health sensitisation or training on issues like chronic disease prevention and management 

  • Number of beneficiaries receiving nutrition support such as support for healthy eating, and micronutrient fortification

A simple way to save lives

Improving disease and illness detection and treatment in Egypt’s farming communities

 

AtSource+ metrics to track progress:

  • Farmer households with access to healthcare facilities
  • Beneficiaries receiving healthcare services (provided and supported by ofi)
  • Farmer households with access to clean drinking water and sanitation (%)
  • Beneficiaries attending health sensitization/ training
  • Farmer households that are food secure

 

Behind almost every plate of food is the work of many farmers. Many of these farmers work in remote rural areas of emerging countries, and each have their own unique health challenges. 

 

In Egypt, rates of hypertension and diabetes are among the highest of any nation in the world. ofi responded with a health campaign in the Western Desert region to offer check-ups and hygiene training to local farmers and their farmhands. AtSource+ helps to track the impact of the program by monitoring the number of farmers who have received the training and the number of households with access to healthcare, sanitation facilities and clean water. 

 

Around 40 farmers and labor hands have made use of this service so far and have received specific recommendations on how to manage or treat any diagnosed risks. Ashraf Ibrahim, a truck driver on an onion farm, is one of those who have benefited: “I never had a health check-up in my life. But thanks to this campaign, I'm aware that I may have diabetes which, if not controlled, may have cost me my ability to feed my family, or even my life.”

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