Edesia, Inc.

Edesia's mission is to treat and prevent malnutrition for the world's most vulnerable children; our vision is a world in which all people have access to the basic human right of food and nutrition. We are committed to assuring that vulnerable individuals no longer suffer and die needlessly from malnutrition - a completely preventable condition. We treat all children as our own, and produce for them the lifesaving tools they need to overcome malnutrition and thrive. We act now, because the cost of inaction is too great.
Sep 25, 2012

10,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut shipped to the DRC

Frank, who helps supervise Plumpy
Frank, who helps supervise Plumpy'Nut production

As you can already well imagine, the situation in the DR Congo continues to be uncertain, especially for the many thousands who are struggling to achieve a sense of safety and maintain access to adequate supplies of nutritious food. We just wanted to update you that, from our Providence, Rhode Island factory, we recently shipped out 10,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut to the DR Congo, which means that 10,000 children with severe acute malnutrition can literally be revived and brought back to good health in a matter of weeks. We appreciate our humanitarian partners on the ground that receive our shipments and facilate the extremely hard work of saving these young lives. And we certainly appreciate your continued support and for helping us reach as many children as possible in this too-often forgotten region of our world. Thank you for your compassion and for bringing so much hope to others. 

Aug 30, 2012

Update on the Horn of Africa

A little girl in Ethiopia
A little girl in Ethiopia

According to the latest update from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the lean season is almost over for most of the Horn of Africa. There are however a few areas in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia still facing emergency. 

Even when the crops are harvested, after the lean season, the troubles are far from over for this vulnerable region. Did you know that post-harvest losses due to poor storage facilities continue to be one of the major factors contributing to food and nutrition insecurity? According to this report, "losses amounting from poor storage and handling often reach as high as 70 percent." 

The FAO is now training artisans in eastern Kenya in the fabrication of airtight metal silos to prevent these losses. Smart, common-sense initiatives like this one could make a significant difference to the food and nutrition security of this region over the longterm. In the meantime, malnutrition rates will continue to be high, especially in children, and especially when a low supply of nutritious food is only available at high prices.

In the last few months, from our factory in Providence, Rhode Island, we have shipped thousands of boxes of Plumpy'Nut to the Horn of Africa in order to help meet the nutritional needs of the many thousands of children needlessly suffering from severe acute malnutrition. We could not have shipped as many boxes to this region without your ongoing support.

From all of us at Edesia, we wanted to take this moment to sincerely thank you. 

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Aug 29, 2012

Update on the Sahel

Plumpy
Plumpy'Nut can bring a child back to life

Overall, the most recent news from the Sahel is more encouraging than discouraging. According to a recent report from July 2012 (see link below), the entire region benefited from good rainfall conditions in June and July, giving farmers a window of opportunity to plant crops, although Mauritania and Senegal are still reporting large rainfall deficits. There are ongoing threats, though, including swarms of locusts, ongoing instability in Mali, and high prices in the marketplace that prevent the poorest from eating well. 

In the midst of the crisis in the Sahel, UNICEF and its implementing partners on the ground have been doing everything possible to protect the most vulnerable children in the region. From our factory in Providence, Rhode Island, we recently shipped to UNICEF Chad some 5,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut, the miracle peanut-paste that can literally bring a child suffering from severe acute malnutrition back to life. 

I just wanted to than you again for supporting our project. Your generosity made it possible for us to extend to UNICEF the lowest possible price, so that they in turn could reach as many children as possible. Of course, every dollar you donated made a difference, but your caring is what really made waves and inspired us.

From all of us at Edesia, thank you.

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