Spirulina project to combat malnutrition

Attendees tasting spirulina for the first time

Attendees tasting spirulina for the first time

POPOF has recently teamed up with two organizations from Israel – “Africa 2030” and JustSpirulina – who are developing spirulina projects to combat malnutrition in Africa.

In September 2015, ten members of POPOF and Centre de Recherche en Science Naturelles (CRSN Lwiro) participated in a spirulina training in Kigali, Rwanda and they are now launching the spirulina production project in DRC. The first locale will be at CRSN Lwiro and the following locale will be in Miti village, next to Kahuzi Biega National Park.

John Kahekwa speaking on the training's mission in  Kigali

John Kahekwa speaking on the training’s mission in Kigali

This is an important effort to support communities who live in close proximity to protected areas inhabited by gorillas and other wildlife. Furthermore, once the project expands, spirulina, which is the most nutritious food nature has to offer, can serve as an alternative to bushmeat consumption.

Note:
Spirulina is a micro-algae, which is the richest whole-food source nature has to offer. Spirulina contains unusually high amounts of protein, between 60 and 70 percent. In addition, it includes nearly all essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, and is easily digested and assimilated by the human body.

Rodrigue yitro and Gloria Tehila projecting on spirulina's  growth

Rodrigue yitro and Gloria Tehila projecting on spirulina’s growth


Spirulina has proven results in battling malnutrition and malnutrition-related diseases. The effects of Spirulina are remarkably fast. Just to give you an example, children that participated in a clinical feeding study in Farende, Togo, were brought by their mothers from the surrounding countryside and given one tablespoon of Spirulina a day (mixed with water). Within a week – just a week – they began to gain weight and show signs of health improvement.
Fingers up for spirulina project in Lwiro

Fingers up for spirulina project in Lwiro

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