FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION
Designing and undertaking initiatives focused on the eradication of hunger that create possibilities for nutrition and development capabilities related to healthy habits such as a balanced diet, effective hygiene and physical activity practices in low-income populations. Additionally, promoting the access to and production of food products by means of community vegetable gardens is another purpose of the organization.
Risks and Opportunities GRI 103-1
Grupo Nutresa aligns its strategic priorities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations, which is why the Organization defined an internal policy that contributes to achieving the “Zero Hunger” goal and is also focused on the indicator that consists in reducing food loss and waste by half for 2030. This initiative is aimed at mitigating the food loss and waste risks and the low food security conditions that limit the sustainable development of the communities where Grupo Nutresa operates.
Moreover, the development of capabilities in the food banks continues to be a relevant aspect for the organisation, as it ensures quality in the food handling processes, as well as in the sustainability of the food banks. Therefore, the relationship with these organisations has evolved, turning into alliances to work in an articulated way on closing gaps and developing innovative projects focused on healthy lifestyles and food security.
The conditions of malnutrition and obesity in the strategic region where Grupo Nutresa’s companies operate are still a risk for the socioeconomic development and limit the possibility of finding competitive human capital, which in turn affects the Organization’s sustainability.
The Organization will continue to lead strategies focused on reducing loss and waste in the manufacturing and commercialization processes of the products from all Businesses. For such a purpose, the internal loss and waste management policy will be strengthened by expanding its scope, and guidelines will be provided in order ensure the adequate handling and management of food.
The nutrition initiatives will continue to contribute to the fulfillment of SDG2 “Zero Hunger” through the implementation of nourishment systems and the promotion of urban and rural self-consumption. The challenge for 2017 will be to achieve the installation of more than 5.000 m2 of vegetable gardens in Montes de María, Chocó y Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Additionally, in the short term, the Organization will continue to implement the rural nourishment plan so that the benefited communities not only obtain the food products, but also learn their properties and ensure a balanced diet for their members, supplemented with physical activity and key hygiene practices.
The public-private alliances will be reinforced with food banks and other organizations in order to develop high-impact initiatives that benefit vulnerable communities.
Success stories and acknowledgments GRI 103-3
It is worth highlighting the progress made in the GERMINAR, program, a strategy aimed at base-level suppliers for them to improve their quality of life through the access and exchange of food products. 500 people were benefited by means of technical training and support programs for the creation and sustainable management of 0,5 hectares of home vegetable gardens and the balanced preparation of food.
Through an alliance with Universidad de Antioquia, Fundación Nutresa developed its first didactic booklet for the promotion of healthy lifestyles among children from high social risk rural areas. This tool is distributed within the framework of the “Nutresa Quiere a los Niños en Colombia” program, and it promotes the embracement of healthy lifestyles such as a balanced diet, physical activity, key hygiene practices and sharing as a family.
Grupo Nutresa continues to promote projects focused on the eradication of hunger and on the generation of nourishment opportunities for the low-income populations from the communities where it operates.
Strategy for reducing waste through food banks
The gap-closing process with the food banks significantly progressed: the Organization permanently supported 18 of them in Colombia and 6 in the strategic region, 19 of which fulfilled the actions of the improvement plan. Therefore, these banks are recognized as organizations that watch over the safety of products and have a self-sustainable character. Moreover, 928 tons of food products were delivered to 16 food banks in Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Dominican Republic, United States and Chile, benefiting more than 5.998 people.
Results of the Hygienic-Sanitary profiles of the food banks in both Colombia and the strategic region
Reinforcement of the food banks
In pursuit of developing the capabilities of the communities benefited by the food banks, two innovative projects were carried out:
The pedagogic program with a food supplement, which is the result of the alliance among Fundación Nutresa, Alquería and the Bogotá Food Bank. This program allowed the implementation of an educational plan for the development of capabilities related to food security and nourishment for 75 kids of ages two to five from the base-level communities in the Suba district of Bogotá.
In order to measure the impact of this program, effect and management indicators were designed based on the kids’ growth according to the age groups, selecting the weight indicator for children younger under five years old according to their age and height and, in the case of kids five years old and older, according to the body mass index.
Urban agriculture project with the Villavicencio Food Bank, which has the purpose of supporting 50 low-income families whose nutritional conditions have deteriorated after moving from rural areas to the city and who don’t have the possibility to have access to the necessary elements for nourishing their family.
928 tons of food were given in 2016.
GERMINAR rural and urban feed systems
GERMINAR contributes to food security by facilitating the access to tools for the production of food and strengthening the capabilities related to eating habits, nourishment and healthy lifestyles of the families and communities, which end up being empowered to improve their quality of life.
This strategy develops capabilities among farmers with regard to productive, environmental, social and alliance-creation processes. This allows to develop family vegetable gardens which include food products that favor the biological exploitation of nutrients by means of a nutritious, healthy and ecologically sustainable production.
In 2016, seven vegetable gardens were implemented in the Montes de María and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta regions in Colombia, and the Organization expects to broaden these systems in 2017 in order to complete 5.000 m2 of land used for the local production of food. Furthermore, through a joint work with ASEBIOL (a consulting firm focused on environmental and microbiological quality control), training sessions were organized with the purpose of promoting healthy habits that guarantee an optimal consumption of food and potable water.
In the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, GERMINAR promotes a self-sustainable sowing system that minimizes the barriers that hinder the access to products which are rich in nutrients, and supplement the traditional diet of the Kankawarwa, Umake, Windiwa, Syngune and Kantinurwa Arhuaco communities.
The teachers of the educational institution from the indigenous community are in charge of working the vegetable gardens and advising the production, while the young leaders learn the entire process and spread the knowledge in their communities of origin. Thus, a process of exchange of knowledge on seed management and food production is developed, enabling the communities to sow, consume and learn the advantages of a healthy diet based on the local production.
Grupo Nutresa is permanently working on the design of strategies that contribute to the eradication of hunger, a better nourishment, and the production of food by means of community gardens.