Nairobi, KENYA – The Africa Regional Office has changed its name from Micronutrient Initiative to Nutrition International, catching up with the global rebrand of its headquarters based in Ottawa, Canada, which happened April 4, 2017.
The organization had changed its name to more accurately reflect its expanded scope and role as global development partner and advocate for nutrition.
Based in Ottawa, Nutrition International was created in 1992 as an act of solidarity with malnourished people and has grown from a small Canadian initiative into a global nutrition organization reaching millions of vulnerable people every year, working from its ten country offices in Africa and Asia with programs in more than 60 countries.
Nutrition International’s Africa regional office officially relocated from Senegal to Kenya in June 2017 to be in closer proximity with its largest group of program recipients. It also welcomes a greater number of employees to better meet the demand and deliver better outcomes.
Since its inception, Nutrition International has focused on forging powerful partnerships with countries, donors and implementers around the globe to ensure the world’s most vulnerable populations get the vitamins and minerals they need to survive and thrive.
While micronutrients are and will always be a critical focus of its work, Nutrition International also conducts research, influences policy, improves delivery and forges creative partnerships to promote a wide range of proven nutrition interventions in response to the SDG-era demand for knowledge and integrated development solutions.
“We are excited to move into this chapter as Nutrition International,” said Richard Pendame, Regional Director. “We believe that relocating to Kenya will allow us to better serve the communities we support, many of which are located in this part of the continent.”
“Our name is changing, but our commitment to improving nutrition for those who need it most is not. We look forward to continuing to drive for better, faster ways to create the most good for the people we serve – especially women and girls,” said Joel Spicer, President and CEO of Nutrition International.
The Government of Canada is a founding donor and has been a key partner of Nutrition International all throughout its 25 year history. Thanks to this important collaboration — and the support of our other generous donors — Nutrition International has reached a new level of evolution and is set for achieving greater impact in the world.