Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are both causes and consequences of poverty and under-development. More than one third of children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition. Their physical and learning capacities are diminished, and their future aptitude to contribute to the development of their countries is affected.
This nutritional vulnerability is largely the result of the inadequacy of food, hygiene and health care practices, and the specific needs of target populations. In this context, GRET’s Nutridev nutrition program, conducted in collaboration with the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement’s (IRD) “Prevention of Malnutrition and Associated Illnesses” joint research unit and national institutions in the countries concerned since 1994, aims to sustainably prevent infant and child malnutrition. It specifically targets children under the age of two, women of childbearing age, and preschool and school children. The intervention strategy varies in function of the context and needs of the populations concerned. It is organized around three essential lines:
- educate vulnerable populations in and raise their awareness of better food, hygiene and health care practices;
- support the local production, sale and promotion of high-quality and very inexpensive fortified foods (infant foods, food supplements, etc.) suited to the needs of diverse vulnerable groups; and
- act on the non-food factors that determine malnutrition, in particular by improving access to quality preventive and curative health care and education, and in some areas by promoting better risk and natural disaster management or through cash transfers.
Enseignement / recherche
Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD - France), Université d’Antananarivo (Madagascar).
Institutions publiques et collectivités locales
Pam, Unicef (Burkina Faso et Madagascar), ministères de la Santé (Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Niger, Mali, Cambodge), Conseil national de nutrition et Office national de nutrition (Madagascar), Institut national de la nutrition (Vietnam), Communes et régions
concernées à Madagascar, au Vietnam, au Burkina Faso, en Mauritanie et Haïti.
Opérateurs / ONG / Bureaux d’étude
Association burkinabé pour la nutrition et la sécurité alimentaire (Ansa-B), Initiatives communautaires pour le développement (IcoDev), Association burkinabè des unités Misola (Abum), CRS et ACF au Burkina Faso, Asos, Tsihatava, Appel, Saf Fjkm, Miray, AMF, AIC et Avotra à Madagascar, Afrique verte et Association Misola au Niger et au Mali, Solidarité Bretagne Cambodge (SBD), Aned en Mauritanie.
Taf (Madagascar), Hai Ha (Vietnam), Unités Misola, CJTraf, Sodepal, CTrapa et Faso Riibo (Burkina Faso), Misola, STA (Niger), Misola (Mali), PPM (Cambodge), Fondation Orange.
Cette thématique est animée par Olivier Bruyeron