Burundi is one of the African countries with the highest rate of chronic malnutrition of the world (IFPRI)
In accord to the Global Food Security, Nutrition and Vulnerability survey, in Burundi (WFP, February 2014), 49% of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, 5.5% suffer from acute malnutrition and 25.6% suffer from low birth weight.
Micronutrient deficiencies discovered in children under the age of 5 and in women of childbearing age are a public health problem.
This project comes at a very critical situation of malnutrition and food insecurity in order to implement actions coherent with Burundi's global strategy on the prevention of malnutrition
This strategy entails:
-The implementation of actions for the prevention of micronutrient deficiency and chronic malnutrition (distribution of fortified food and flour to 6-23 month old children);
- The promotion of good dietary and hygiene practices through the promotion of local products;
- The prevention of malnutrition must focus on the first 1000 days of the child's life, ie from conception to 23 months after birth;
- The improvement of nutrition and hygiene in schools.