To mark World Food Day, Concern has released details of the next Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) programme, supported by Kerry Group, who has committed €1 million to the programme.
The RAIN programme will make lasting improvements to food security, nutrition and the overall livelihoods in the Tahoua Region of Niger, West Africa.
In addition, Kerry, who sponsored the first phase of the programme, has extended its partnership with Concern Worldwide through a four-year project to improve food security and nutrition in Niger.
This second phase of the RAIN programme will be implemented over a four-year period, building on the success of the previous Kerry-funded RAIN project in Zambia.
Speaking at the launch, Kerry Group chief executive, Edmond Scanlon, said this extension of the RAIN programme is in keeping with the Group’s ambition to support better nutrition for all.
"As the world’s leading Taste and Nutrition company, we recognise the positive impact Kerry can have on the millions of people who consume our products every day," he said.
"However, many of the world’s poorest people are beyond our direct reach. The RAIN programme offers practical support to some of those most affected by hunger and malnutrition. This World Food Day, we are extremely proud to announce this second phase of the project, demonstrating Kerry’s further commitment to help make Zero Hunger a reality.”
The RAIN programme uses a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling hunger and malnutrition in some of the world’s poorest regions, with a core objective of increasing food production and encouraging a more diverse, nutrient-rich diet.
The programme also works to promote key health practices for improved maternal and child nutrition, improve access to reliable and safe water sources and reduce inequalities experienced by the extremely poor and vulnerable, particularly women and girls.
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