CARE, partner of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to improve access to healthy and affordable food

Washington, DC, USA (October 17, 2022) – CARE USA and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a global partnership to improve access to healthy and affordable diets.

The announcement comes at a time of rising food insecurity for millions around the world, compounded by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and builds on CARE and GAIN’s collaboration at the UN Food Summit. Food Systems (UNFSS) last year. At the Summit, GAIN and CARE worked alongside a diverse gathering of people and organizations to develop tangible approaches to facilitate national and subnational dialogues to reform the broader global food system. The two organizations now work together to support governments in implementing these national pathways and lead thematic coalitions for technical support.

Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of GAIN, welcomed the signing, adding, “It was a privilege to work with CARE USA at the UN Food System Summit and our shared values, complementary skills and commitment to action on the field promise to make this a very impactful partnership.

Both organizations share similar values ​​of respect, integrity, humility, action and impact, but each is working at a slightly different stage of development. CARE USA promotes farmer-led development in their work and fights for equitable livelihoods, decent work, decent wages, and gender equity for the most vulnerable and remote. As an organization, GAIN works on improving nutrition, value chains, working with SMEs and promoting healthy food consumption. Both partners believe that engagement with the private sector is essential for transforming the food system to improve nutrition, livelihoods, equity and resilience.

The first concrete collaboration is through – Catalyzing Strengthened Policy Action for Healthy Diets and Resilience (CASCADE) – a 60 million euro program granted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, focused on improving the nutritional status of more than 5 million women of childbearing age and children. under 5 in Benin, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Mozambique over the next four years.

For her part, Michelle Nunn, CEO of CARE, noted that the MOU comes at a critical time in the effort to end global hunger. “The conflict in Ukraine and the global hunger crisis not only threaten millions of people today, but their impacts could reverse decades of progress we have made in the fight against food insecurity, malnutrition, poverty and gender inequality. It is in the context of this urgent need that CARE is proud to partner with GAIN on the CASCADE initiative. We are grateful to have such an effective and impactful ally in the fight for more equitable food systems, and I look forward to building on our partnership to build resilience for millions of people around the world through increased access. nutrition and improved food security. ”

About CARE

Founded in 1945 through the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places particular emphasis on working alongside women and girls because, given the right resources, they have the power to lift entire families and entire communities out of poverty. That’s why women and girls are at the heart of CARE’s community efforts to fight hunger, achieve nutrition and food security for all, improve education and health, create economic opportunity and respond to emergencies.

About GAIN

GAIN is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to fight human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with governments, businesses and civil society, they aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food to all, especially the most vulnerable. What matters most to GAIN is impact. Their goal is to improve the consumption of nutritious and safe food for all. GAIN focuses on children, adolescents and women because they know that working with these groups is crucial to transforming attitudes towards food and therefore life opportunities and livelihoods.

For more information please contact:

Anise Husain
CARE press officer
Anisa.Husain@care.org

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