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Published on 26/06/2014

The Fight Against Malnutrition: a Standard for Infant Flours in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso too a new step forward has just been made in the drive to reduce infant malnutrition. Present on the ground in the country since 2005 via the Nutrifaso programme, which aims to raise public awareness of good health and food practices as well as to support the local production and selling of fortified foodstuffs, GRET has just taken part in setting up a quality standard for fortified flours. The purpose of this standard is 1) to define the benchmarks guaranteeing the nutritional and health quality of infant flours in Burkina Faso, and 2) to protect and promote GRET’s local partners on the market, who are up against a rival production of often non-certified quality. This standard fits into Burkina Faso’s national suckling and infant foodstuffs policy, and it represents an important issue for the country. Important enough, in any case, for the Health Ministry to get involved.