Kerry Group

Kerry Group

Concern Worldwide, Irish food company Kerry Group and the International Food Policy Research Institute have launched a pioneering initiative to improve malnutrition in young children in developing countries.

Innovative partnership

This initiative is part of our five-year RAIN (Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition) project. Kerry Group is generously contributing €1.25 million of the overall €3.7 million project budget.

RAIN project

The aim of this programme is to improve nutrition in the critical time between pregnancy and two years of age. It focuses on the sustainable prevention of malnutrition in children under two – the crucial 1,000 days period when proper nutrition is so crucial for physical and cognitive development. Zambia was chosen as the location because approximately 45% of its pre-school children are stunted as a result of malnutrition.

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Preventing malnutrition

We are already leading the way in the treatment of malnutrition in the world’s poorest countries. But the RAIN project is enabling us to focus specifically on the prevention of stunted growth. Stunting has irreversible effects on the physical and mental development of children and is the underlying cause of 3.5 million deaths each year. 

It is intended that this way of working can be replicated in other areas of Zambia and in other countries where we work. We hope this will significantly influence international policy in relation to preventing childhood stunting.

Harvesting Nutrition award news

In collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Save the Children UK, the RAIN project has been selected as one of the winners of SecureNutrition Knowledge Platform 2013. The winning projects were chosen for bridging the gaps between nutrition, agriculture, and food security. RAIN was chosen in the "greatest potential impact on nutrition" category. Award-winning projects will be showcased at the Harvesting Nutrition event hosted at the World Bank on 19 February 2015.

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