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It’s a busy Monday morning in the market town of Luanda, near Lake Victoria in Kenya, and shoppers are crowding around the many stalls selling tomatoes, onions and other vegetables. Over at the fish stall, however, business is slow. The tilapia on sale there are large and fresh, but they sell for 200 Kenyan shillings (£1.50). That’s a lot of money in an area where a day labourer might earn 400 shillings.
here’s a lot that entrepreneurs in the nutrition sector can learn from each other, but it’s not always easy to find out who’s doing what.
GAIN’s Community of Practice (CoP) helps entrepreneurs, investors and organisations working in agriculture and nutrition to share experiences, network, and find out about market opportunities that could improve the quality and accessibility of nutritious foods.
In a busy area on the outskirts of Nairobi’s notorious Kibera slum, 27-year-old Sarah Mekesa drops the equivalent of US$ 0.79 into a Maziwa King machine and watches as milk reaches the rim of her bottle. Sarah buys a litre of milk from the machine every day for her daughter, a toddler, which she incorporates into porridge or cooks with spinach. Her family consume twice as much milk as they did before she discovered the machine and Sarah has noticed an improvement in her daughter’s health.
SmartLife, a social enterprise by GAIN and its partners, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), Unilever, and Aqua for All (A4A), has been honoured by AIGA's (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Justified design competition 2014.
Octávio Muchanga is passionate about peanut butter. Like many small businesses in Mozambique, Muchanga’s home-based peanut butter processing operation in Maputo, Xikhaba (shi-kaa-ba), faces many obstacles to growth: an inconsistent supply of raw, clean materials, lack of transport options to deliver products to markets and limited access to commercial financing have all constrained Muchanga’s best efforts to expand his company’s reach and profits.
GAIN and the Kenya Ministry of Health, represented by the Director of Nutrition Rosemary Ngaruro, organized a quality assurance and quality control training on food fortification for millers, traders, consumers and regulators.
Millers in Kenya are now required to fortify maize and wheat flour with essential vitamins and minerals.
To ensure compliance with the law, the Ministry of Health must closely monitor consumer outlets. GAIN is assisting with the increased monitoring and awareness of the food fortification program in rural areas.
Strengthened monitoring will increase the amount of fortified flours from currently under 20% to more than 50% of the market by the end of 2014.
On 9 October 2012, the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) launched a five-year partnership with local industry that will reach approximately 27 million Kenyans with nutritionally fortified wheat flour, vegetable oil and maize meal.
The effort, which supports Kenya’s 2030 Vision for development, will reduce widespread prevalence of vitamin and mineral deficiencies including among vulnerable groups such as children and mothers particularly among vulnerable groups such as children and mothers.
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