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Access to Nutrition
12 August 2014
 

Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF) established in The Netherlands

As part of the further development of the Access to Nutrition Index, ATNF has moved to new offices in Utrecht, The Netherlands. ATNF expanded the team and hired a new Program Manager to coordinate the development of the second Global Index in late 2015. Established in 2013, ATNF is an independent not-for-profit organization based in The Netherlands governed by a Board of Directors, and advised by the Independent Advisory Panel and Expert Group. ATNF houses the Global Access to Nutrition Index, which assesses the nutrition-related commitments, performance and disclosure practices of the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers. After an initial incubation period by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Index is now independently owned and managed by ATNF. The Foundation is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
 

Stakeholder consultation meetings underway for the 2015 Index 

Consultations are underway with a range of stakeholders to solicit input on how the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) might improve its methodology for the next Global Index. The focus is on preventing and addressing undernutrition and obesity and diet-related chronic diseases. Consultations kicked-off in June 2014 in London with meetings with European based processed-food manufacturers, and experts in obesity and diet-related chronic diseases. In early July, ATNF held a series of consultations in the US with, among others, 13 US and Mexican companies, undernutrition experts and obesity specialists. In person consultations are being augmented by webinars for investors and an online stakeholder consultation to provide ATNI’s global stakeholder network with an opportunity to input, due to launch in mid-August. To find out more about being involved in one of ATNI’s consultations, email marije.boomsma@accesstonutrition.org
 

Product Profiling results discussed in Mexico

A roundtable to discuss ATNI’s Product Profiling exercise was hosted in Mexico City in February by Dr. Juan Rivera, a member of ATNI’s Independent Advisory Panel. Carried out by an expert team at Oxford University led by Dr. Mike Rayner - who is also member of the ATNI Expert Group -, this pilot study evaluated the nutritional quality of a large sample of products sold by the ten largest Food & Beverage manufacturers in Mexico. The methodology used and anonymized results for Mexico are available here: › Read more
ATNF is interested in hearing from other organizations involved in nutrient profiling, particularly those with open-access databases of the nutritional composition or quality of foods and beverages.
 

ATNI speaks at the International Congress on Obesity in Malaysia and the Micronutrient Forum in Ethiopia

ATNI continued its wide stakeholder outreach to inform stakeholders of its objectives and work. Workshops were held at the International Congress on Obesity in Malaysia in March and the Micronutrient Forum in Ethiopia in June. The Foundation’s website has recently been updated and newsletters will now be sent out quarterly to the Foundation’s stakeholder network.
 

Upcoming activities

August 18 | Launch online consultation
September 5 | Closing date for submissions via online consultation
October 20 | Presentation to investors during the ‘Good Money’ week in London
November | India consultations for the India Spotlight Index
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