What impact have you had?
ICDI has been helping farmers in CAR develop nutrition gardens and plant diverse crops such as soybeans, cowpea, and maize since 2004. Called the greenbelts cooperatives, this network of farmers has helped ICDI offer healthier food option to 15,000 beneficiaries made up of malnourished children, vulnerable pregnant or nursing women and HIV/AIDS patients in the urban centers of Bangui and Berberati. The services and products generated by this new project will address in an even more targeted manner the nutrition needs of countless rural and urban poor in CAR.
The project will be implemented as a joint venture between ICDI and Association Agro-piscole de NDRESS in three phases with specific activities.
Phase I: set up of the mini food processing plant
Establish partnership and sign agreement with Spirulina producers association
Establish a mini spirulina-enriched food processing plant in Bangui
Train ICDI Orphan Care health and nutrition staff on food processing techniques
Train ICDI Orphan Care health and nutrition staff on quality control of food products
Phase II: beginning production and distribution
Begin production of spirulina enriched foods
Train nutrition agents to promote the use of this processed food throughout CAR
Phase III: Distribution and marketing
Train nutrition agents in the marketing of spirulina-enirched food for income generation
Establish ICDI spirulina-enriched food kiosks in the Bangui and Berberati
After a 12-month implementation period, ICDI expects to measure the following results:
• 1 fully functional mini food processing plant established in Bangui
• 3 spirulina-enriched (pasta, rice, cassava) based foods developed approved for distribution and marketing
• At least 15,000 direct beneficiaries assisted by spirulina-enriched foods
• At least 15,000 indirect beneficiairies purchase and use the spirulina –enriched products
• The rates of acute and severe malnutrition in the direct beneficiary’s populations reduced by half the after one year of activity
• Income of beneficiaries involved in sales of spirulina-enriched food increased by 50%.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
For the next three years, ICDI will need a total budget of $ 550,000 to mobilize needed expertise, purchase equipment and materials, enhance raw material production, manufacture, monitor and evaluate, distribute and market spirulina-enriched foods within CAR. Year 1: budget is estimated at $350,000, Year 2 and Year 3 at $100,000 each.
If granted financial resources to implement this project, ICDI will accomplish carry three most important actions:
Action 1: Setting up a mini food processing plant in Bangui
Action 2: Manufacturing spirulina-enriched foods
Action 3: Distributing and marketing spirulina-enriched foods to the malnourished people of CAR
What would prevent your project from being a success?
Despite the presence of a peacekeeping force, peace and political stability are still fragile in CAR. In an event of another political unrest, the country will experience severe setbacks in its efforts toward development. A project like what ICDI is proposing will indirectly be affected, as the ability to manufacture, distribute, and market its products will be compromised by the situation of insecurity.