Kemin Industries and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have announced a new 5-year public-private partnership to improve the safety and quality of WFP’s food basket.
Kemin President and CEO Dr. Chris Nelson and WFP Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships Nancy Roman finalised the agreement during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 in Davos, Switzerland.
WFP, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger around the world, unveiled a landmark strategic plan in 2008 that aimed to transform the organization from a food aid to a food assistance agency while allowing WFP to feed more than 90 million people a year. To accomplish this strategy, WFP is helping to build the production and marketing capacity of local growers and manufacturers, including an increased ability to meet WFP food quality standards.
“Kemin’s gift of technology and understanding of key nutrition issues is helping us feed people smarter,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.
WFP is tapping into Kemin Industries’ 50 years of experience in manufacturing nutritional ingredients, produced according to the highest standards of quality and safety, to assist in developing and implementing a Food Safety Quality Management System (FSQMS) within the organisation. This is a critical initiative that will enable WFP to manage and improve food quality assurance throughout the entire supply chain, enable the success of local growers and manufacturers, and ultimately improve WFP’s final food basket.
Kemin will work closely with WFP trainers to develop education programs for WFP staff and implementing partners, including inspection companies and suppliers. These programs will raise awareness of food quality and safety issues and will equip WFP logistics and procurement teams with the knowledge and skills to evaluate the quality and safety of food products, suppliers, producers and processors.