Lifesaving Plumpy'Nut for Children in the Sahel

Jun 5, 2012

Report from Niger: Seeing the Sahel up close

Madame Cisse, STA Niger
Madame Cisse, STA Niger

This week I am traveling in Niger in West Africa with my Director of Operations, Maria Kasparian. We are getting an up-close look at nutrition programs that use Plumpy'Nut to treat cases of severe acute malnutrition. But first, we visited our PlumpyField partner factory, STA, which is located in Niamey, the capital city.

STA's operation is so impressive. This year, they will supply enough Plumpy'Nut to fully treat 300,000 severely malnourished children in Niger. In operation since 2005, STA now employs 150 people. While they save lives, they are also lifting up the local economy. 

Today, I just wanted to share with you this photo (above) I took of STA's fearless leader, Madame Cisse, who makes the success of her factory possible. 

In 2012 so far, Edesia's factory in Providence, Rhode Island has produced and shipped nearly 85,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut to countries in West Africa. That is enough to save the lives of 85,000 children. 

As you already know conflict, drought, and rising food prices throughout the vast Sahel region have spurned a food crisis that needs the world's urgent attention. We thank you for your continued support, and for sharing our project with your colleagues, family, and friends. Together, we can make sure that each child in the Sahel is kept safe from harm.

View of the dry Sahel region from the airplane
View of the dry Sahel region from the airplane

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Edesia, Inc.

Providence, RI, United States

Project Leader

Heidi Reed

Providence, RI United States

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