Click here for more information about Algenuity
Click here for more information about Liqofluxphenometrics515R1
Visit cricatalyst.com!Evodos Separation Technology

Health & Nutrition

Fighting childhood malnutrition in Zambia with spirulina

July 31, 2017
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

A pond in Zambia’s Mansa district where spirulina is being grown

Memory Maninga reports for Zambia Daily Mail that in Mansa, the capital of the Luapula Province of Zambia, spirulina is being grown in ponds in the communities because of its high medicinal and nutritional value.

Zambia has in the recent past been importing spirulina from the United States. However, imported products could not meet the demand, prompting the Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI) to engage in local production of spirulina.

Working with ZARI in Luapula province is a non-governmental organization called Programme against Malnutrition (PAM) that is promoting the production and consumption of spirulina in Luapula. Precious Watanuka is PAM’s project coordinator and she explained the nutritional value of spirulina in an interview.

“Spirulina is highly nutritious and helps to promote good health. Because of its nutrition value, we recently engaged in a project to distribute the product to children who have severe malnutrition in Luapula Province. To sustain this project, we have been importing the product from USA but we have seen that this is unsustainable. So, we are now producing and promoting local production of spirulina,” she said.

The production of spirulina in ponds in Luapula Province has been going on for almost a year, and so far the organism is showing good signs of adjusting to Zambia’s climatic pattern. Soon the campaigners will be moving to other regions to encourage its production in community ponds.

However, the harvesting of locally-produced spirulina has not yet begun in Luapula and other parts of the country. The product awaits completion of trials by the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) for it to be standardized.
“We are already producing spirulina in Luapula Province but we have not yet started distributing the locally-grown one as the product is still under-going trials. Soon, we will start promoting production in other areas as well to enhance access,” said Ms. Watanuka.

“Spirulina enhances concentration for school children and elderly people who are busy with work. It makes the brain operate effectively and most people that have been eating it have a high intelligence quotient,” she said.
Spirulina is usually taken as a food supplement. One can add it to such foods as rice, potatoes, porridge, gravy and beverages. It can also be blended with flour to make fritters, scones and biscuits. Just a single teaspoon of spirulina to any meal or beverage is enough to make a balanced diet,” she says.

Rosemary Kangwa, of Kalaba village in Mansa district recalls that her son was once severely malnourished but resuscitated after feeding him with spirulina for three consecutive months. “My son was severely malnourished when he was about two years. I was almost losing hope but after hearing about spirulina, I was enrolled on the spirulina feeding program. I started feeding my son spirulina porridge three times a day and within three months, he was back to normal health,” Ms. Kangwa says.

Since PAM started the distribution of spirulina in Luapula Province in November last year, over 450 children have benefitted. An extra 750 malnourished children are expected to benefit during the second phase of the project, starting in November this year.

Demand for spirulina continues to increase in that part of Zambia but not much is known about the food supplement in other parts of the country.
The task for the nutritionists and their associates is to raise awareness on health and nutritional benefits of spirulina to encourage production and consumption of the food supplement.

Read More

More Like This…

HOME A.I.M. Archives

Copyright ©2010-2018 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

twittertopbarlinks_eventstopbarlinks_requesttopbarlinks_archives

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
Monica Jain of Fish 2.0 writes in National Geographic about how the algae brand is about to undergo an image makeover, and may soon seem flat-out glamorous — once again. ...
Algatech has announced the opening of Algatech Inc., a New York City-based subsidiary created to serve the North American market. The company has appointed Ken Seguine to...
ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. have announced that, in joint research into advanced biofuels, they have modified an algal strain to more than double its oil conte...
WesTech Engineering, Inc. and Utah State University’s Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC) are jointly engaged in developing processes for more eff...
David Erickson writes in the (Montana) Missoulian that Clearas Water Recovery, a Missoula tech company formed eight years ago, has developed a patented process to use alg...
Adoption of advanced technologies in various stages of natural astaxanthin production, such as microalgae harvesting, cultivation, extraction, and drying, have been major...
Researchers at ETH Zurich, Empa and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF are pursuing a new approach to treating arthritis. This is based on a polysaccharide, a long-c...
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 f...
Malaysia-based Algaetech International, a pioneer algae technology company specializing in R&D, as well as production and commercialization of algae-derived high valu...
Portuguese microalgae producer, Allmicroalgae Natural Products S.A., has recently begun production of Chlorella vulgaris and other microalgae species via fermentation, wh...
Jeff Gelsky writes in Meat+Poultry that Corbion executives have given insights on how its September 29 acquisition of TerraVia Holdings Inc., an algae-based ingredients c...
Israeli-based Algatechnologies, Ltd. (Algatech) has become the major shareholder in Supreme Health New Zealand, Ltd. (Supreme) to supply the rapidly growing markets in Ch...