These partners are contributing to the nutritional autonomy (the ability for countries and communities to meet their own nutritional needs) around the world. By producing these products locally they provide a market for local agriculture, provide jobs in their communities, and cut down on lead times and transportation costs.
How can organizations like Edesia work to address everyday food security issues like the 19 million children who suffer from severe acute malnutrition every year?
I think we are just one piece of a very complex puzzle when discussing food security. One of the ways we address the root cause of malnutrition is by creating jobs and handing out paychecks, not only to our employees in the factories in 12 developing countries but also [to] the farmers who provide us with the raw materials to make these products. It is a small contribution but an important one. It is a unique business model that allows these factories to overcome great challenges in very difficult-to-work countries like India and Sudan. We are proud to be part of this growing Plumpyfield Network that is headed by Nutriset.
How can organizations like Edesia broaden access to nutritional solutions?
We and other organizations like us need to continue to be innovative. Plumpy’nut is an amazing success story but we cannot stop there. There are more vulnerable populations and regions all over the world with varying needs that all need to be addressed. This issue is a constant work in progress.
You say in your reflection that “I wanted to do something in my backyard that got people back to work and have an impact on a global problem.” Can you expand on that by talking about how the media, policymakers, and nonprofits can do a better job of getting the average citizen to understand the impact that they have on global food crises?