BUJUMBURA April 19th (ABP) – The First Lady of Burundi and the OPDD Chairperson, Mrs. Angeline Ndayishimiye, officially launched, on Monday April 17, 2023, in UNIKORN industry premises, the production of whole meal corn flour fortified, with the aim of good nutrition for children in schools, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
Indeed, the First Lady indicated that among the activities of the OPDD, their objectives are to fight against malnutrition and to support the project to improve the diet of children of school age, insofar as the low production and malnutrition are among the problems faced by some African countries, including Burundi.
According to her, having a balanced diet and a good education of children are concerns of the government of Burundi. That “every mouth has food and every pocket has money, it is with this in mind that the first lady is committed to chairing the project to feed children in schools,” she said.
She took that opportunity to thank the World Food Program (WFP), the Rockefeller Foundation and all taxpayers for making that school feeding project possible.
As for the Country Director and WFP representative in Burundi, Housainou Taal, the “Power of procurement for nutrition” project is an initiative financially supported by the Rockefeller foundation and implemented by the WFP, through partnerships with government entities, as well as with Burundian private sector food processing units, under the leadership and coordination of the Ministry of Trade, Transport, Industry and Tourism.
He further added that the project aims to support the production in Burundi of more nutritious foods, including fortified maize flour, with a view to satisfying the institutional school canteen market which is aligned with the priorities of the Government of Burundi and which fits perfectly with WFP’s vision, whose essential pillar is to support the government in transforming food systems to make them healthier, nutritious and sustainable.
Mr. Housainou Taal finally reassured that the WFP will make every effort to ensure that the project achieves all its objectives and achieves all its targets.