Food for Development

Milk is our first food, and provides the basic building blocks for good health, with lifelong benefits. People know that the calcium in milk helps to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Milk and dairy products are the richest source of calcium.

Research has identified more than 100 different components in milk. Evidence is mounting that consumption of milk and dairy products may reduce blood pressure, dental cavities and the risk of cancer, while enhancing bone strength and immunity.

Milk, sustainability and social programmes

School milk programmes

The Food for Development Office initiates and supports school milk programmes and dairy development projects in developing countries. The aim of these projects is to achieve sustainable dairy development by promoting, developing and improving the local milk sector all the way from cow to consumer.

School milk programmes based on locally produced milk often work as a catalyst by creating demand for locally produced quality milk and establish a base for sustainable economic development.

Supporting the United Nations Development Programme

The Food for Development Office promotes and participates in public-private partnerships. In 2005, DeLaval and Tetra Pak’s Food for Development activities was chosen by the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) as a good example of co-operation between FAO and the private sector.

Further acknowledgement was given when the Food for Development Programme was awarded the prestigious 2006 World Business Award in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Food for Development is currently involved in dairy development projects or school milk programmes in more than 40 countries worldwide.

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