• The initiative comes in coordination with the Yemeni Ministry of Education and the World Food Program to help address the food security and nutritional challenges facing youth in Yemen.
• The initiative provides fortified milk to around 10,000 children in 40 schools.
Dubai, November 21, 2023
Hayel Saeed Anam & Co. Group, in partnership with packaging manufacturer Tetra Pak, initiated the School Milk Initiative in Yemen, which was announced in May 2023 at a joint workshop on food safety hosted by Hayel Saeed Anam & Co. Group and the International Food. Political Research Institute (IFPRI). Entitled “Rethinking Responses to the Food Crisis: The Power of Partnership to Build Resilient Food Systems in Yemen.”
The pilot initiative, which began on November 20, 2023, will provide fortified milk to 10,000 children in Yemen once a day during school days, seeking to improve student nutrition and health while stimulating school enrollment. The pilot project will target around 40 schools in Taiz Governorate.
As part of the initiative, Hayel Saeed Anam & Co. Group will produce Al Hana sterilized milk in its local facilities, fortified with micronutrients and vitamins based on local nutrient deficiency data, while Tetra Pak will supply Tetra Brik Aseptic® 125 packs, ensuring. that the product remains fresh for up to 12 months, thus increasing the shelf life. Distribution to the maximum extent. As a result, the impact of transportation challenges common in Yemen due to damaged infrastructure will be reduced.
For its part, the Human Development Program of Hayel Saeed Anam & Co. Group will manage the distribution of milk to schools and coordinate with the relevant authorities, including the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Nutrition Cluster, which is managed by UNICEF and the World Food Programme. The program will also coordinate with schools on storage and security needs, food, engaging communities through awareness campaigns and overseeing project monitoring and evaluation.
As part of the initiative, schools will be made aware of the importance of recycling through publications prepared within the campaign. Children will also be made aware of the impact of waste on the environment and how waste can be sustainably managed.
The initiative includes the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conducting an impact evaluation study to understand the impact of the initiative on educational and health outcomes for children.
It is worth noting that the partnership between Hayel Saeed Anam & Partners Group and Tetra Pak extends for more than 20 years in social commitment of both companies to improving the livelihoods of Yemeni communities. This initiative will be Tetra Pak’s first school milk initiative in Yemen.
Hayel Saeed Anam & Co. Group and Tetra Pak will work to ensure that Yemeni children receive safe nutrition, in addition to improving the food value chain in Yemen by increasing opportunities for smallholder farmers to develop their businesses, earn income and improve their livelihoods. The second phase of this initiative will include the creation of affordable nutritional drinks, dairy and cereal formulations for school feeding programs across Yemen.
Utilizing their combined skills in product development and manufacturing, Hayel Saeed Anam & Co. and Tetra Pak work to promote the creation of new, affordable nutritional products for school children.
Hisham Ali Mohammed Saeed, Deputy General Manager of the Strategic Business Unit for FMCG at Hayel Saeed Anam & Co. Yemen Group, said, “The impact of the country’s ongoing food security crisis on Yemeni youth is growing, as more than 2.2 million Yemeni children are currently suffering from acute malnutrition.” .
He added: “We are proud to support this project, which aims to reduce the burden of these challenges on young people, and support them as they grow physically and intellectually.” Noting the role this initiative will also play in improving the income and livelihoods of small-scale dairy farmers, including local producers in the supply chain, while alleviating malnutrition in vulnerable population groups.
He expressed his hope that the group, in partnership with Tetra Pak, will be able to support the health and well-being of young and ambitious people in Yemen, nurture talents and release the latent potential of Yemeni youth.
For his part, Nils Hougaard, General Manager of Tetra Pak Arabia, said: “We are proud to participate with Hayel Saeed Anam & Partners Group in this initiative, which will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of Yemeni children. He added: “At Tetra Pak, we believe in the importance of this initiative. The power of collaboration to build resilient food systems, and this school milk program is a prime example of what can be achieved when stakeholders work together toward a common goal.