Affordable protein fortified cereal products developed in Uganda (Afri-Taste)
Duration: January 2015 – January 2018. This project has been finalized.
Summary of the results: Cereal fortification efforts to address nutrition challenges have traditionally focused on micronutrients. This approach negates the fact that there are also nutritional challenges of macronutrient nature like protein energy deficiency. This project sought to use a macro-nutrient enhancement approach to improve the nutritional value of commonly consumed cereals in Uganda/East Africa.
Through this research, products enhanced with animal protein from cow’s milk have been significantly improved. The products have been produced and are being scaled with overwhelming consumer response. The project also resulted in development of new products that are instant but which need further perfection. Although the actual impact on malnutrition could not be ascertained in the short project period there is no doubt that anybody who takes cereal blend that has in milk, solves many nutritional challenges. The products are a whole meal according to nutritionists. The scaled products are widely sold in Uganda now and picking up in neighboring countries. All this would not have been possible without NWO-WOTRO product improvement support. VAI will continue seeking for other partnerships to further research on other aspects of the product like costs in order to reduce on price and cause universal consumption and accessibility of the products.
Aim: To fortify first line cereals with milk protein in a bid, to provide affordable protein rich cereal flours especially for children and women.
Objective: Addressing the rampant malnutrition in the country.
Method: Developing a model for macronutrient fortification in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Countries: Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and Southern Sudan.
Dutch policy goal: Improved access to nutrition.