The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is the largest provider of food aid to the world’s hungry. Since 2007, the public-private partnership between Royal DSM and WFP has contributed to improving the diets of people, using essential vitamins, nutrients and fortified rice, in countries that include Nepal, Kenya, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. DSM provides technical and scientific expertise, high nutrient products and financial assistance to increase the micronutrients in WFP's food basket. The partnership has taken advantage of DSM's research and development into food fortification to create interventions such as micronutrient powders and fortified rice. These projects help WFP to go beyond just food delivery, by providing the best foods to fight hunger, preventing nutritional deficiencies of vulnerable populations. On January 2013, DSM and WFP formally extended their existing partnership for three years. The organizations are seeking to increase the number of people who benefit from their work together and reach 25-30 million people per year by 2015. The strengthened partnership will focus on pregnant and nursing women, young children and vulnerable households.