“NUTRIENTS FOR ALL” - Bringing Together Solutions for a More Vital People and Planet
The current food systems in poor and wealthy communities alike increasingly deplete the land and fail to supply the micronutrients that are essential to human capacity and success. Over two billion people suffer from the “hidden hunger” of malnutrition, while one billion more are over-fed and still suffering poor health. This undermines wellness, exacerbating a wide range of concerns in health, productivity and competitiveness, education, and the environment. Innovators are creating solutions yet often work in isolated siloes. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
This is why Ashoka, the world's largest organization of social entrepreneurs, announces the launch of Nutrients for All: Vitality for People and the Planet - a movement to encourage leading social entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders to look at nutrients as the core deliverable and design direct and innovative nutrient solutions at each stage of the food value chain: in ecosystems, farming, food production, and health and wellness.
What is Ashoka’s vision for a Nutrients for All world? In short, nutrients are a connecting thread between us, the food we eat, and the environment from which food comes, affecting nearly every aspect of life. Envision a world where interventions in public health, food production, agriculture and the environment focus on a critical need: life-sustaining, absorbable nutrients for all beings and ecosystems.
We’ve learned this from a great many social innovators who are transforming systems to create, transfer, and preserve nutrients – in ecosystems, farms and landscapes, crops, food, and humans. According to Bill Carter, Ashoka’s Director of Nutrients for All, “the innovations of Ashoka Fellows working in natural ecosystems, farming and human health all point to the emergence of this new paradigm that we hope will unleash an enormous amount of productivity in the citizen and business sectors.”
How does the world move towards Nutrients for All? We believe it starts by bringing together innovators and making cross-sector collaborations viable and attractive, with nutrients binding them together.
To kick-off the movement, Ashoka Changemakers has recently launched a competition,, offering a total of $45,000 in unrestricted funding available for winning solutions. Throughout the competition, we will feature stories of innovation as well as conversation between thought leaders, experts, innovators, and media gurus from a wide range of fields.
“What’s really exciting about this competition is that it brings us closer to the objective of a nutrients for all word by collaborating across boundaries to unlock the enormous promise that trend holds for people, plants and animals,” said —Bill Carter, Director Nutrients for All
Join the movement today by becoming part of the Nutrients for All community: share a story, nominate a social innovator, or participate in the conversation.
Ashoka Homepage: www.ashoka.org
Nutrients for All Resource Page: www.nutrientsforall.org
Nutrients for All Community: www.changemakers.com/nutrientsforall
For additional questions related to the competition or for press enquiries and interviews, please email Marzena Zukowska or Erin Richardson