Our history

From a small Canadian initiative to a global nutrition organization.

In 1990, world leaders attending the World Summit for Children, co-chaired by Canada, set the goal of eliminating micronutrient deficiencies. In 1992, the Micronutrient Initiative was established by Canada to address micronutrient malnutrition and help deliver on this global pledge. From these modest beginnings as a specialized Canadian initiative, we’ve grown to become a global nutrition organization with world-class technical expertise, industry-leading cost-effectiveness, and global influence. To reflect this shift, in 2017, the Micronutrient Initiative became Nutrition International.

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Nutrition International serves as a force multiplier across the development ecosystem, using our unique combination of capabilities to help countries overcome barriers to scaling up nutrition, domestic resource mobilization as well as local government capacity and ownership.

We work at the nexus point of evidence, capability, and action – using evidence-driven planning, supported by long-term technical assistance, coupled with stable, predictable financing to deliver sustainable impact at scale.

Since 1992, we have evolved and grown, but in all that time our purpose has remained unchanged: we exist to do the greatest good for the people we serve.

As we embark on our 30th year, we face many complex challenges – but there is also real opportunity. We will continue to look for the most effective ways to overcome these challenges, and build a better world.

From the President

Looking Forward

Nutrition International's President and CEO Joel C. Spicer shares his thoughts about Nutrition International's history, and how the organization plans to continue to step up and do even more for an unstable world.

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