Hunger
 Ethiopia
Project #8530

Provide Lifesaving Plumpy'Nut in Horn of Africa

by Edesia, Inc.
Vetted
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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Comments:
  • Eileen
    Eileen I am very grateful for the updates. They are very well done and say "thank you" in the best possible way.
    • 4 years ago
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  • Heidi
    Heidi Thank you Eileen. We appreciate the feedback and are even more grateful for your support.
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Sam Lane
    Sam Lane I am very grateful, and thankful to be able to assist in a small way, feeding these precious hungry children in Africa. I was in Africa in 1963/1964, and it has always been a part of me. Thank you again.
    • 2 years ago
    •  · 
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Edesia, Inc.

Location: North Kingstown, RI - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.edesianutrition.org
Project Leader:
Heidi Reed
Providence, Rhode Island United States

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