Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition

Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council Under ECOSOC Resolution 2003/212 Dated 5th of March 2003.
Designated by the United Nations Economic & Social Council Under Rule 79 of the Council’s Rules and Procedures.

IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM FOR A BETTER WORLD AND THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 2015 - 2030

Chart comparing rates of malnutrition among countries
Alliance Forum Foundation currently operates its nutrition project in Zambia. Zambia is located in Sub-Sahara Africa where the rate of under 5 malnutrition is higher than the average of the developing countries. The rate of stunting (height for age), an index of chronic malnutrition, in the region prevails as 38%. This is much higher than developing nations’ average of 32 %. Among Sub-Sahara Africa, Southern Africa shows one of the highest rates of stunting. Zambia, among the worst countries of Southern Africa, has an especially high rate of stunting.
Smiling little girl eating

Project Introduction

AFF’s nutrition project aims to eradicate hunger and malnutrition from the world through the production and distribution of Spirulina. Spirulina is indigenous to Africa, where a high malnutrition rate can be observed. By producing Spirulina, African people can solve nutrition problems by themselves and by their food.

60-70% of Spirulina’s content is consisted with protein. It also contains abundant micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. Thus, Spirulina is very effective to improve nutrition status.

Spirulina receives a high expectation as a solution to malnutrition. UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organizations) issued a statement in 1980 that the world should pay attention to spirulina as “an important food in future”. WHO (World Health Organization) reported in 1993 that malnourished patients’ health condition improved if given a few grams of spirulina for 90 days.

This Spirulina is actually grown in Africa.

Spirulina was commonly seen around Lake Chad in Chad, Lake Natron in Tanzania, Lake Nakuru in Kenya, Lake Chiltu and Lake Alangudi in Ethiopia for a long time ago. The Kanem tribe in Chad has been using Spirulina as an important source of protein in a harsh desert environment.

Map showing the habitat of Spirulina
AFF’s Spirulina project aims to improve Africa’s nutrition status by locally producing Spirurina. This could be done by the collective effort of Japanese technology and local residents.

AFF places the following 5 items as the center of the project.

1
Clarify the project impact
2
Make it locally-driven
3
Establish a self sustainable system
4
Apply Japanese technologies and experiences
5
Disseminate the outcome to the society
Photo of hungry child helped by IIMSAM "THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD SO HUNGRY THAT GOD CANNOT APPEAR TO THEM EXCEPT IN THE FORM OF BREAD."

-Mahatma Gandhi