At Food for Development, we have since 1951 been demonstrating value to society and individuals by participating in the development of school feeding and nutrition programmes around the world.
The first school milk programme using Tetra Pak packages was introduced in Mexico in 1962 and is still reaching millions of children today. Tetra Pak’s vision, “We commit to making food safe and available, everywhere”, is the aspirational goal that drives our activities so that children around the world can have access to safe nutrition. Through our global experiences, we have seen how effective sustainable school feeding programmes programmes can be in improving nutrition and education for vulnerable groups
We believe the most effective way to tackle global challenges related to food security and nutrition is to build sustainable food value chains, working in partnership with our stakeholders. Our role in Food for Development is to support our customers and to work in collaboration with governments, non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies and international aid agencies to develop school feeding programmes that are linked to local agriculture development. We offer our partners practical support in programme organisation, implementation and evaluation, and advise on food safety and quality controls in schools, sharing best practices used worldwide.
We also work to support our customers to secure a long-term supply of locally produced quality milk without an increased cost in the collection through our Dairy Hub Model. We collaborate in building sustainable value chains by improving smallholder farmers’ productivity, thereby supporting our customers to source more milk with a higher quality. The Dairy Hub Model links smallholder farmers to a dedicated dairy processor in a selected area and our international dairy experts provides technical assistance and training to the farmers. By providing farmers training services and setting up appropriate cooling infrastructure and technology, the supply of locally produced quality milk is increased, and the smallholder farmers are provided an access to market.