Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are as trendy as controversial. Their applications in the fight against malnutrition are still at the pilot stage and not widely used. Gret has been working for 20 years with private entrepreneurs in developing countries and defends this model in the fight against child malnutrition.
To sustainably prevent malnutrition, one solution is to improve child feeding by the commercialization of high quality fortified complementary foods that are quick and easy to prepare and affordable for a large number of people. The private sector is the most indicate to do so. In a sector under the remit of public health, the private sector needs both support and control to make available an adequate offer in a very constraining environment (niche market, essential technical know-how, financial barriers, strong competition, inexistent or unclear legislation, etc).
For encouraging coalitions to fight against malnutrition, Gret has formulated 10 concrete recommendations for international institutions, public authorities, and international donors.