Food security and nutrition

FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION

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Purpose

Healthy School program that develops actions to prevent and control child obesity in school- Tresmontes Lucchetti Chile and Mexico.

Healthy School program that develops actions to prevent and control child obesity in school- Tresmontes Lucchetti Chile and Mexico.

 

To design and undertake initiatives aimed at eradicating hunger, which generate possibilities of nutrition and the development of capabilities in healthy habits, such as balanced nutrition, effective hygiene practices and physical activity in low–income populations. Likewise, through community gardens, promote access to and production of food.

Strategy and Progress 2015

Strategy Progress 2015
Implement the Zero Food Waste Policy. ico_f_verde

The procedure to deliver products to food banks was established in all the companies.

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Greater traceability of products delivered to the food banks in the strategic region was achieved.

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The destruction of more than 1,108 tons of products was avoided and were delivered to 28 food banks in nine countries.

Promote the Rural Food Plan. ico_f_verdeOscuro

The plan to implement healthy practices based on community gardens was built.

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Ten gardens were established in rural communities, which facilitate access to food and improve family income.

Consolidate partnerships around the adoption of healthy lifestyles. ico_f_verdeA

Together with the Colombian Ministry of Education, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme, we advanced in strengthening capabilities in children and adolescents in healthy food, physical activity and key hygiene practices in 20 educational establishments.

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In Chile and Mexico, we continued the program to prevent childhood obesity in public schools, which benefitted 2,107 children.

Risks and Opportunities

The conditions of food insecurity present in the strategic region where Grupo Nutresa operates represent a limiting factor for socio–economic development; they generate social asymmetries and decrease the possibility of competitive human capital, which constitute a risk to the management of the Organization to impact economic, social and environmental sustainability.

In front of the reduction of waste produced by the Grupo Nutresa companies, there is a great opportunity to mitigate environmental and social effects; we manage the delivery of foods that are outside the commercial chain and meet quality standards for low–income populations. This contributes to decreasing malnutrition in these populations.

Future Perspectives

Children from a childrens' lunchroom in Atlántico, Colombia, beneficiaries of the sustainable food program.

Children from a childrens’ lunchroom in Atlántico, Colombia, beneficiaries of the sustainable food program.

 

Grupo Nutresa drew up an objective of having zero food waste in its production, distribution and marketing processes. To achieve this goal, it developed a Zero Waste strategy to regulate the handling of all kinds of food of Grupo Nutresa that go out of market. The challenge is to incorporate it into the guidelines of each business and ensure compliance.

Similarly, to contribute to healthy lifestyles in the population, we will continue consolidating public and private partnerships to promote physical activity, key hygiene practices and a balanced diet, by developing strategies for the correct use of foods and harnessing rural and urban gardens.

Management will continue to strengthen food banks, to achieve the development of skills in the short term in areas related to safety in food handling, storage and administrative and traceability processes of the products, thus achieving assimilation in the medium term of best manufacturing practices and administrative and financial management.

We also seek, in the short term, that families promote food exchange and consumption, as well as advance in the medium term in forming healthy communities by integrating the Bronx Green Machine shared model, which seeks to promote healthy, equitable, resilient communities through inspiring education, local food systems and the development of human capital.

Remarkable Achievements

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  • A noteworthy success story is the food assistance provided on the Colombian–Venezuelan border, in response to the humanitarian crisis. More than 1,000 people were benefited from six tons of products delivered.

 

  • Another success story is the adoption of the rural gardens strategy, which are created and sustained by children, youth and adults. In Colombia it has 78 gardens established.

Progress 2015

In order to contribute to solving nutritional needs of populations where the Organization is present, management is focused on both the Zero Waste strategy as well as in strengthening food banks. To do this, the following initiatives were developed:

ZERO WASTE STRATEGY

With the support of Fundación Nutresa, the Barranquilla Food Bank, Colombia, improved its indicatos of good manufacturing practices by 60% in 2013 to 88% in 2015.

With the support of Fundación Nutresa, the Barranquilla Food Bank, Colombia, improved its indicatos of good manufacturing practices by 60% in 2013 to 88% in 2015.

This is a model to manage products from the last link in the chain, recovering them to avoid their being destroyed; this permits optimizing the delivery of food fit for human consumption that meets quality standards, in a cost–effective manner to increase the amount of goods used by the population served by food banks.

With this initiative, the benefits to the companies are given in terms of reducing storage costs and labor by decreasing the cycle time of returning the product, improving management of the decline in point–of–sale products through operational efficiency, strengthening best practices as part of the organizational culture and work habits, decreasing costs to destroy products, as well as reducing waste sent to landfills by expiration of the product during the return process.

Access to high quality foods by the population in conditions of poverty, the disminution of transport costs when the food bank collects the product, the creation of a collaborative economy between social organizations and low–income communities, and the availability of food to this population are achievements that generate social and financial capital in the regions where Grupo Nutresa operates.

Another focus of management in reducing food waste is the implementation of best manufacturing practices (BMPs) in food banks.

Through the National Association of Food Banks of Colombia (Asociación Nacional de Bancos de Alimentos de Colombia, ÁBACO) and volunteers from the businesses, the execution of actions is supported to close gaps and develop skills in the teams in these entities.

Goal / Results as of 2015
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Goal
Results as of 2015
11 food banks in compliance with good manufacturing practices at 85%
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16 food banks in compliance with good manufacturing practices at 70%
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“Working together with private companies contribute to reducing malnutrition and food waste in the country. Therefore, working in partnership with Grupo Nutresa has reduced food waste generated in the value chain and, complemented the nutrition of the population most vulnerable in the country. Having an ally as Grupo Nutresa is strategic if we are willing to meet the sustainable development goals: End of Poverty (1), Zero Hunger (2) responsible production and consumption decreasing to 50% destroyed food (12)”.

Ana Catalina Suárez Peña,
Director of Colombian Food Bank Association

Delivery of products to the Pereira Food Bank, Colombia.

Delivery of products to the Pereira Food Bank, Colombia.

Delivering product to food banks it is accompanied by a process of capacity building that strengthens the proper handling of food, with the assistance of volunteers Nutresa Group and the investment of resources that leverage the closing of gaps in good manufacturing practices.

Development of capabilities in food banks

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Product receivers – Food banks

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Product delivery to communities

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Development of capabilities to strengthening food handling practices:

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  • Location
  • Water supply
  • Waste disposing

ico_ca_amarilloChequeadoHandling areas conditions

  • Phisical infrastructure

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  • Education and training
  • Hygienic practices and protection measures

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  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Pests control

To generate capabilities that promote sustainability and transformation and encourage food safety in low–income populations, Grupo Nutresa focuses its management on initiatives such as family agriculture and promotes partnerships to access and produce food. During 2015, the following initiatives were developed:

FAMILY FARMING

Novaventa and Coffe Business volunteers accompanying the construction of a school vegetable garden in the educational institution Pedro Luis Villa. Medellín, Colombia.

Novaventa and Coffe Business volunteers accompanying the construction of a school vegetable garden in the educational institution Pedro Luis Villa. Medellín, Colombia.

 

This consists of consolidating producer associations as a sustainable alternative that contributes to improving the living conditions of farmers in the region benefitted, with actions on several fronts including food safety programs to remedy nutritional needs, organizational strengthening and generation of technical capabilities.

The initiative aims to establish family gardens of various foods that promote biological use in the diet of families benefitted, through nutritional, healthy and ecologically sustainable production, while developing a training program aimed at improving the balanced diet.

In Colombia, there are 78 gardens established with technical and social support, which benefit more than 3,000 people in the region of Chocó, Antioquia, Cundinamarca, Barranquilla, Valle del Cauca and Montes de María.

THE BRONX GREEN MACHINE

Construction of school vegetable gardens at the educational institution Rodrigo Correa Palacio. Medellín, Colombia.

Construction of school vegetable gardens at the educational institution Rodrigo Correa Palacio. Medellín, Colombia.

This model seeks to promote healthy, equitable and resilient communities through inspiring education, local food systems and the development of human capital. The initiative is based on the use of urban agriculture in school environments aligned with key indicators in school performance and student promotion to transform fragmented, marginalized communities, so that they become inclusive and prosperous.

Finally, focusing management on public–private partnerships to join efforts that ensure access to a balanced diet, accompanied by hygiene practices and physical activity, make up the strategy for food security and malnutrition that Grupo Nutresa and its Fundación Nutresa have developed. (see details in the chapter on “Nutrition and Healthy Living”.)