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Published on 21/12/2015

Local production, marketing and promotion of nutritional food in Mali, Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso

In West Africa, statistics for under-five mortality are among the highest in the world. Over a quarter of children under the age of five suffer from child malnutrition. Every year, approximately 600,000 children under the age of five die in the region from causes relating to malnutrition. This situation contributes to 35% of child deaths in the region. As part of the Support Programme for Food and Nutrition Security in West Africa (Pasanao), in November 2015 in partnership with the IRD, GRET launched a project funded by ECOWAS aiming to stimulate innovative initiatives for local production of quality nutritional food to prevent and treat maternal and child malnutrition. This project makes it possible to capitalise on current experiences and identify the driving forces and obstacles for production, marketing and promotion of local nutritional food; to support the development and market entry of new products for children aged between 6 and 59 months and women who are of childbearing age, pregnant and/or breastfeeding; to guarantee the quality of these products (via the definition and promotion of standards); and to structure local private sector players involved in nutrition (especially via the SUN movement (Scaling Up Nutrition)

More informations on the project (in French)