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Published on 16/04/2014

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs While Fighting Malnutrition

Gret Laafi benre, NutriFaso

To combat malnutrition in Burkina Faso, Cambodia and Myanmar, GRET, with the support of the Fonds d’Innovation pour le Développement (FIND [the innovation for development fund]) and the Cartier Charitable Foundation, will test women-run entrepreneurship models based on the experience of Nutri’zaza in Madagascar. This model is based on women entrepreneurs setting up a system for the sale of ready-to-eat fortified gruel in vulnerable peri-urban settlements to prevent malnutrition among children between the ages of 6 and 24 months. GRET has already been fighting malnutrition in these three countries for several years: local production and sale of supplementary foods for children between the ages of 6 and 24 months, awareness raising on good feeding, hygiene and care practices, and improving access to quality care. With this new project, GRET wishes to ensure that the actions undertaken in these countries are sustainable, betting on an innovative model of women-run entrepreneurship that has been little or not at all studied by development actors in the field of nutrition.