In Burkina Faso, and despite a tendency toward improvement since 2003, 35% of children under the age of five still suffer from stunting due to malnutrition. Children between the ages of 6 and 24 months are most affected. Studies conducted in outlying settlements of Ouagadougou show that women feed their families with pre-prepared meals purchased near their homes. As part of the Nutrifaso project fighting malnutrition, GRET launched a ready-to-eat gruel for 6- to 24-month olds made from fortified infant flours produced in Burkina Faso. The gruel, Laafi benré (which means “gruel that gives health” in Mossi, a national language), is prepared and sold in stationary kiosks and through a system of itinerant sales. A complete meal costs 50 CFA francs (€0.08) in line with the population’s purchasing power. The test network, set up in March, is already selling 200 meals per day.
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