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Combating hunger with packaging technology Bosch strengthens global food security Cooperation with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, federal ministry and German business

  • Modern packaging protects food during transport
  • Technical solutions adapted to local conditions
  • New locations in Asia and Africa strengthen link to local customers
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  • January 30, 2013
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Waiblingen / Berlin – Bosch Packaging Technology is participating in an initiative launched by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, German industry and civil society to combat global hunger. Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology, joined a meeting with Federal Minister Dirk Niebel, Bill Gates and high-ranking representatives from politics and business in Berlin on 29 January. The outcome of the meeting was the allocation of over 80 million euros, including around 20 million euros from the BMZ, 20 million euros from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 40 million euros from European industry sources.

Promoting the production of rice and potatoes
Dirk Niebel said: "The global figure of two billion malnourished people is a scandal. Malnourished children in particular will suffer lasting damage. This is why we are combining forces with Bill Gates as well as trade and industry against global hunger." As a national response, the German Food Partnership (GFP) was founded in 2011. German, European and related international corporations and associations from the agriculture and food security and nutrition sectors have joined forces with public partners in this umbrella organization. The GFP supports long-term projects involving multiple companies that contribute to the development and implementation of sustainable models for the companies’ core business in emerging and developing countries. These projects also generate development benefits. The BMZ and industry representatives of the "German Food Partnership" have agreed to promote the production of staple foods like rice and potatoes. At the same time steps will be taken to increase the nutritional value of these basic food items.

Robust and user-friendly technology solutions
Friedbert Klefenz: "Bosch is supporting food security in various ways. Our Packaging Technology division offers technological solutions which are optimally geared towards local conditions in many countries suffering from poor supply. The gradual build-up of assembly and service networks, for instance on the African continent, helps to ensure the fast and efficient provision of foods and services." 2012 saw the establishment of a new sales facility in Egypt and a new production site in India.

Bosch supports FAO "Save Food" initiative
Mr Klefenz also stressed that Bosch Packaging Technology was playing a leading role in VDMA's packaging activities in Africa and as a member of the international "Save Food" initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This initiative aims to reduce the amount of food which perishes on its way to the consumer — a challenge, especially in the emerging markets of Africa and Asia. Because masses of harvested food are lost, particularly in poorer countries, resources like arable land, energy and water are rendered ineffective and are therefore wasted.

Background information
Food security and nutrition – from the agricultural value chain to human nutrition – is one of the most important topics facing development assistance as we look towards shaping the future. How can be ensured that a global population of an estimated nine billion people by 2050 will have access to enough and sufficiently nutritious food? Only targeted cooperation by dedicated partners will allow to fulfill this pressing mission. The event‘s objective was therefore to present bilateral and trilateral cooperation projects in food security and nutrition between the BMZ and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the involvement of the private sector. These projects fill the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with life that was signed between the BMZ and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2011. It envisioned cooperation partnerships in food security and nutrition among other thematic areas.

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Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,200 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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