Complementary Food for Africa: New Products and Approaches for Improved Childhood Nutrition
The first 1000 days of a child's life is a critical window for receiving adequate nutrition, which will determine if they can grow to their full physical and cognitive potential later in life. It is at this stage that malnutrition can set in and persist if a child's nutritional needs are not met. Within this 1000 days, mothers help their children transition from breastfeeding to solid foods using "complementary foods," which provide the additional nutrition that children need as they grow. Yet safe, affordable, and accessible foods for early childhood nutrition still are not widespread in Africa.
In this webinar, the Soybean Innovation Lab will share its research findings about the nutrition, acceptability, and feasibility of a new complementary food, ComFA, developed by researchers at the University for Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana. SIL researchers have found this product to be safer, more nutritious, and more energy efficient than the prevailing complementary food on Ghanaian market, Weanimix. Principal Investigators for the study Drs. Juan Andrade, Assistant Professor of Global Nutrition, University of Illinois) and Dr. Francis Amagloh, Professor of Global Nutrition, University of Development Studies, as well as Mawuli Asigbee, Agriculture Program Manager for Catholic Relief Services in Ghana, will discuss the benefits of this product, as well as how development agencies should evaluate new nutrition products and how they can partner with SIL to scale this product in areas where it is needed most.