January 24, 2020
DSM partners with Generation Unlimited to boost businesses of young farmers
Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, has announced a new collaboration with Generation Unlimited, a global partnership hosted by UNICEF that identifies and grows solutions to link young people with quality education, skills and on-the-job training.
Together with Sight & Life, a humanitarian nutrition think tank, the partnership aims to provide opportunities to young entrepreneurs through the development of their agri-food businesses. Through these opportunities, it hopes to reach and improve the lives of an estimated one million young smallholder farmers.
DSM, Generation Unlimited and Sight & Life will develop a business plan on how young people can contribute to scaling up sustainable food systems through nutrition and food businesses.
"I'm proud that DSM, together with Generation Unlimited and Sight & Life is developing a business plan targeting to reach and improve the lives of one million smallholder farmers in the region. It's the right thing to do", said Fokko Wientjes, vice president, Malnutrition Programs and Partnerships, Royal DSM.
The partnership will also address the need for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access finance in order to scale up their businesses, and build the capacity of youth to find employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Furthermore, the partnership will aim to increase demand and consumer awareness on how nutritious food can build a well-functioning food system.
The partnership is strongly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals—experience shows that in order to create sustainable solutions to address SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), it is crucial to also address SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).
By focusing on these three SDGs together with partners and networks, DSM said it will be possible to make transformational changes to the food system, providing better nutrition to communities and particularly reducing Africa's reliance on food imports, as the partnership likewise aims to create a longer-term vision for sustainable food systems in Africa.
Meanwhile, the partners will share insights on the topic at the "Empowering Youth in Africa: Employment and Entrepreneurship in the Food Sector" breakfast event in the SDG Tent at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Jan. 24.