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Symposium « Entreprendre contre la malnutrition »

Abidjan – Ivory Coast

During Sara (Salon International de l’Agriculture et des Ressources Animales), Fondation Avril organized with a group of institutional and economical partners a conference entitled « Entreprendre contre la malnutrition » on Monday, 25 and Tuesday November 26th 2019 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The aim of the event was to bring together scientists, nutritionists, agronomists and entrepreneurs from agricultural and agri-food sectors in West Africa. The conference focused in particular on proteins and essential amino acid deficiency, leading to child growth failure. About 40 % of West African children living in rural areas are stunted, compared to 20% in urban areas. A child with stunted growth is at risk of cognitive and psychosocial underdevelopment. Growth retardation is symptomatic of a situation of permanent food insecurity.

Through 4 workshops, the event provided an overview of the issues of malnutrition, West African food habits and agronomic needs through the complementarity between crop and animal production, marketing,

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La Fondation Avril est soutenue par la Fondation Louis Dreyfus, la Société Générale, Nutriset, le Cirad, Bel, l’INRA, l’IRD, l’UFR Biosciences et le CIAN (Conseil français des investisseurs en Afrique)


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