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AVSI’s experience in Haiti on SecureNutrition knowledge platform

The SecureNutrition platform, launched by the World Bank Group in May 2012 to bridge knowledge gaps among agriculture, food security, and nutrition, has selected and published an article on AVSI research project  funded by the World Food Programme (WFP) and coordinated through the Research Department CREVADEL, affiliated with the University Notre Dame d’Haiti (UNDH).

Identifying a new infant food supplement comprised of locally produced flours and legumes, and in line with the international food safety standards. This is the aim of the project launched in Haiti whose impact will improve the nutritional status of children living in rural areas by ensuring both access to quality foods and respect for local traditions. To this aim, the research will focus on the use of flours, legumes and cereals that will be fortified with micronutrients in order to meet WHO standards for FCF, food safety standards, and fall within an affordable market price.
Once the product composition is identified, the project will move to a second stage focusing on production, promotion and commercialization of this infant food supplement. At UNDH an experimental production lab will be set up and equipped with milling and roasting facilities, and test equipment to ensure quality and safety.
This project is part of an intervention aimed at promoting good practices for child nutrition that AVSI has been implementing for years in Haiti, in synergy with National Nutrition Campaigns of the country. Through AVSI’s agricultural programs - especially the Aquaplus project providing a sustainable water management system - agricultural value chains are being improved to ensure local market based solutions to the problem of malnutrition.
“Agriculture plays a crucial role in the provision of food and income for the rural populations” Federica Pozzi, AVSI staff in Haiti, highlights “But it does not address the issue of access to nutritious and diverse foods that are vital, especially for infants aged 6 to 24 months. In order to maximize the link between the nutritional and agricultural sectors, we focus on a food value chain strategy, as an entry point to stimulate both supply and demand among rural populations for specific fortified complementary foods”.
Read more on Secure NutritionRead more on the Aquaplus project