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A step towards better nutrition for African children
by Alex Abutu
- A cassava staple is consumed by more than 130 million people in Nigeria
- Fortifying it with soy could help address protein deficiencies
- An expert urges Africa to embrace the move to address malnutrition in children
Fortification of foodstuffs could be one of the most cost-effective health interventions for addressing micronutrient malnutrition, especially among children in low-resource settings, experts says.
At a workshop hosted by the Nigeria-headquartered International Institute for Tropical Agriculture last month (4-6 October) in Nigeria, experts added that fortified gari — a creamy white or yellow flour with a slightly fermented flavour and a slightly sour taste made from fermented, gelatinised fresh cassava tubers — could ensure the success of the school feeding programme in the country.
“Fortifying it will increase the number of children who survive to five years of…
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