Food fortification and aflatoxins mitigation

Food fortification and aflatoxins mitigation : Processing Cereals-legumes-tubers + fortification and aflatoxins mitigation

LOME, TogoLOME, Togo
Year Founded:
2011
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Locally processed fortified foods by QSI Togo from maize, soya, peanut, cassava, rice , sugar named MAIVIT, MAIVIT PLUS, SUPERMAIVIT, SUCRIVIT, KULVIT, have been successful products brands in Togo .They are distributed to children infected by HIV and have entered international food aids programme

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

Nutritional and health status of most vulnerable like women, children, refugees, HIV/TB/EBOLA patients were improved?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Anemia, child blindness, goita, High sugar blood, diabete2, Congenital malformations , birth defects ; physical and mental impairments, child stunting, low resistance to disease (TB, HIV, EBOLA,..) are due to lack of sufficient amounts of nutrients in the food and high aflatoxin crops contamination-Few local agriculture crops less than 10% are processed and food fortification not also largely applied. Lack of nutritional education is a barrier

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Increasing micronutrients content in foods by fortification meaning adding vitamins and minerals to them during processing and or biofortification is one of the most cost -effective strategy to fight against malnutrition. This is acheavable by combining afltoxin mitigation through aflasafe technologie which use biological control of non poison producing strains called atoxigenic to fight poison producing called toxigenic.The practice is introduced for the first time in Togo . For example combining Fonio-Gari-Maize-sweat potatoe to produced a typicall flour fortified with micronutrients for diabetes 2 and Improving quality of fortified corn soja blend by adding baobab fruits to increase bio availability of iron are our innovations.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our fortified staple foods are being in used since 2012 to strengthen nutritional support as part of an integral and comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS/TB helping to maintain the immune system and sustain healthy levels of physical activity. UNHCR and Togo Association for Family Well Being are using them to support nutrition of vulnerable very sick refugees in the camps in Lome with very satisfactory results : 2 weeks were sufficient for weaken people to regain weight and go back to their activities. The same was applied by 'Action Contre le Sida" and 'Fondation de France/Fondation Marc" to give nutritional care to people living with HIV in Lomé with also great satisfaction.Today they are used for food aids and assistance with Global Funds

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Women could recognized fortified foods when purchasing foods through food fortification logo on our products packaging because we are sensitizing them. Nutritional status and health of women, children, HIV and TB patients have been improved. Learning capabilities and working abilities of children and adults have increased. Contribute in achieving WHO/Unicef Global target 2025 to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition as :1 Stunting :40% reduction in the number of children under 5 who are stunted -2 Anaemia Iron deficiency anaemia :50% reduction of anaemia in women of reproductive age -3 Low birth weight: 30% reduction in low birth weight -4 Overweight :no increase inchildhood overweight 5 Breastfeeding: increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months up to at least 50% -6 Wasting .Severe acute malnutrition reduce and maintain childhood wasting to less 5%

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

We are looking to expand production capacity from 2 TPD to 100 TPD for the next 5 years including installation of a new extrusion plant to produce state-of-art fortified foods from crops produced exclusively in Aflasafe treated lands and strengthening social marketing activities. Additional funding of about 1,200 000$ is needed. Increasing production will be linked to improving packaging with more modern, suitable and attractive design.Better nutrition for all in West Africa associating fortified foods will help to fight Ebola + others infectious diseases(WHO,Unicef, WFP, 2014)
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Primary financing is from owner since 2009 estimated 666,667$ and he will continue putting fresh money. Sale revenue especially from tenders won from Global Funds and other food assistance programmes and profit generated will enable part of expansion and scaling up activities. Additional funding is requested through assistance from regional authorities ECOWAS and National as well as borrowing from Root Capital, Innovare, Koweit Agriculture Funds

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Competitiveness: Our fortified CSB MAIVIT PLUS is produced at high quality and lower cost 500 CFA/400 g compare to 500 CFA/400g non fortified corn soja blend produced by competitor or fortified cereals from NESTLE 120:0 F CFA/400g .MAIVIT PLUS is the unique complementary feeding flours blend containing malt which make porridge more energetic. Our Fortified Fonio-Maize -Gari-sweet potatoe Flours blend (MAIVIT NDD ) is specially designed for diabetes 2 patients and is unique on the market and sold 1200 CFA/2.5 kg compare 900 CFA/2.5kg non fortified maize flour from competitor ETG.
Team

Founding Story

QSI SARL TOGO had its humble beginnings in 2009 with Togo Association for Fighting against Hunger and Malnutrition, an association founded in 1992 by Albert TCHAMDJA. In spite of recommendations of WHO and Ministry of Health for staple food fortification, nobody is taking initiative in the country to do something. At beginning Mr Albert TCHAMDJA used his personal savings to carried out this activities. In 201I he created QSI with 10,000$ capital where he owned 80% and 20% given to his wife and friends . The most working capital is provided by Albert TCHAMDJA who has given his land and buildings, car for the small factory, invest his time for new product design and development, advertizing without any financial support from anywhere.

Team

Albert KM. TCHAMDJA, CEO, Food Industries Engineer, Food fortification specilaist, Business Administration, Production Management, Full time, President of Board members Agba Mabissaa : Food Process engineer and quality control, Factory and General Operation manager, full time Gavor Adjoa Kate, Biologist, Part time, Board member* Gaossou Nifade, Accountant, Business Administration, part time, Board member Wiyoou P.Eglou, Accountant, Full time
About You
About You
First Name

Albert K.M.

Last Name

TCHAMDJA

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Project
Organization Country

, LOME

Country where this project is creating social impact

, LOME

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers, Other.

Supplemental
Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

TWO AWARDS for their first editions 2013/2014 in Togo WON BY QSI for the Project implemented since 2009: “Promotion of local agriculture products mainly cereals, legumes and tubers through processing, food fortification with micronutrients and aflatoxins mitigation to fight against malnutrition in Africa”
1. WIN -WIN ENTERPRISE AWARDS 'THE BEST ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECT'- by TOGO NATIONAL AGENCY PROMOTING SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTREPRISES
“Agence Nationale de Promotion, de Garantie et de Financement des PME/PMI (ANPGF)

2. TOGO BUSINESS AWARDS -THE BEST ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECT –by the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF TOGO

Where have you learnt about the competition?

website by google search 'social entreprise awards'

Tell us about your partnerships:

QSI has entered into strong national and international public-civic- private partnership in improving nutrition and has participated and served as expert group member for WHO/FAO/WFP meetings
QSI got support from HKI, GAIN, BASF, FFI, DSM-FORTITECH to carry out his staple food fortification program in Togo. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)/Ibandan is supporting QSI to implement biological control of aflatoxin on crops.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

3 main challenges : N°1. Lack of nutrition knowledges/Nutritional education of population: we have social marketing plan which is being carried on (awareness and sensitization of women and children around hospital, markets, public places, schools, radio, TV, promotion of food fortification logo,..N°2: High aflatoxin's crops contamination: introduction of biological control through aflasafe technology/ N°3 : Produce fortified foods at low cost : blend local agriculture products together and use few micronutrients powders as well as purchasing crops directly from small farmers