Businesses join the fight against malnutrition with the “Anjaramasoandro” network in Madagascar

from Scaling Up Nutrition
Published on 06 May 2017 View Original

On 25 April 2017, a new platform to engage the private sector on nutrition was launched in Madagascar. The new platform titled, “Anjaramasoandro”, brought together 10 founding member companies to the National Nutrition Office in Anosy. The establishment of the platform demonstrates the commitment of businesses in Madagascar to join the fight against malnutrition, aligning efforts behind government priorities.

"The country is committed to reducing this rate to 32% within ten years. A commitment that calls for the involvement of everyone, including households," Ambinintsoa Raveloharison, National Coordinator of the National Board of Nutrition (ONN)

Members recognised that regions, especially in the highlands, have a variety of nutritional potential to grow vegetables and fruit throughout yet, farmers do yet have the capacity to take advantage of them, in farming but also in healthy diets.

Specific actions of the network include encouraging breastfeeding, sharing nutritional meals and supplements with disadvantaged people, and very soon, in partnership with the grassroots association “Enfants De La Rue” (Children of the street).