YAP proposal #121: Spirulina Cultivation to Address Malnutrition (Mizero Jean Felix, Rwanda)

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My name is Mizero Jean Felix, 28, from Rwanda: a thousand-hills country, located in East Central Africa. Rwanda is a small country with about 13 million people and is classified as developing. I have a bachelor’s degree (2010) in food science and technologies (FST) from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technologies (KIST).

To be awarded a bachelor’s degree, I conducted a nutrition-related project: Nutritional status of preschool children and its relationship to gender household headship difference. At the end of my research, I found that my scope was not focused on the source of nutritious foods which could be found in Rwanda. This challenged me while I was asking the questions related to a balanced diet formulation and composition, which could be used for combatting malnutrition disorders observed in some households.

In 2012, I was hired by a local organization known as Initiative Pour la Promotion de la Famille et du Genre (IPFG). Here, I have a mission to develop low-cost products, to be used to treat nutritional disorders and promote local food autonomy. This pushes me to think about the food supplement known as Spirulina platensis. Spirulina is a microscopic blue algae, cultivated easily at home and with high protein content—twice that found in soybeans and three times that in beef. But, it is not in the scope of the project which I was hired to supervise.

Later, I thought about a project: Spirulina cultivation and development related products—a project which will improve the nutritional status of citizens, and promote climate change adaptation and mitigation

I would like to develop this project mainly by involving community to:

Lift the socio-economic status of vulnerable persons in the region where I live. This will reduce the rate of stunted children, nutritional disorders for lactating women, and generate income for people working on the farm and in the processing unit of dry Spirulina.

Develop products and technologies that could be used in other regions and food industries. This means that Spirulina could be used as a natural food additive for preparing a balanced diet for poor people, as well as natural food supplements for food products manufactured in my country and East Africa.

To attend to the above objectives, the project will be based on local realities and advocated by reference to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), numbers 1, 2 and 3 on sustainable food security and healthy people.

We will promote the six global targets/2025 of the World health Organization (WHO) that state:

  • 40% reduction in the number of children under-five who are stunted
  • 50% reduction of anaemia in women of reproductive age
  • 30% reduction in low birth weight
  • No increase in childhood overweight
  • Increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months up to at least 50%
  • Reduce and maintain childhood wasting to less than 5%

The project beneficiaries will be classified and determined based on the group age’s nutritional requirements but also on nutritional deficiency disorders observed. The involvement of local authorities will also help to expand the project in different regions.

My innovations and scientific research will be based on the formulation of a mixed product which will include the cereals, legumes, and Spirulina—a high-protein crop. As I said, I have developed composite flour of cereals and legumes (maize, red sorghum, wheat, and roasted soybean) eaten as porridge by all persons from six months. This product developed earlier did not fight effectively the malnutrition disorders, but I hope that after formulating new products referring to the Recommended Dietary allowances (RDA) should contribute more to combat malnutrition disorders.

The key steps for implementing this project are the following:

  • Development of the project referring to the project cycle life
  • Stakeholder mapping and preparing the first contact
  • Defining clearly the project outcomes based on the ideas collected from stakeholders
  • Installation of the demonstration plot of cultivated Spirulina and the manual drying facilities for obtaining the dry matter of Spirulina
  • Community mobilization on the WHO global target/2025 and the impact of Spirulina for combatting malnutrition
  • Identification of the vulnerable people (children under five years and lactating women) who will use Spirulina as a food supplements, where their nutritional status will be monitored at three months.
  • Success story development and advocating the impact of Spirulina intake with other types of food to the amelioration of the nutritional status of those vulnerable.
  • Commercial products development and marketing plan.
  • Community mobilisation about Home cultivation of Spirulina and its naturally consumption

A grant of USD 5,000 will be used for the following activities:

  • USD 2,115 will be used to install the demonstration plot and manual drying facilities, as I already have the land
  • USD 700 will be used for salaries of three permanent employees and one temporary employee, about six months as a basic salaries, so that the project will be monitored effectively
  • USD 530 will be used to monitor the nutritional status of ten vulnerable persons in sixty days,
  • USD 455 will be used for products development mainly the packaging materials
  • USD 360 helps to establish small quality testing especially the moisture content of dried Spirulina so that the shelf-life will be long enough
  • USD 500 will be used for determining the nutritional composition of the dried matter of Spirulina by an authorized local agency for quality control
  • USD 340 will be used into the products marketing and distribution

Furthermore, the project will collect sales revenues from sold products to be used as revolving funds. I will collaborate with the health centre, hospitals, and other nutrition centres to approach the low-nutrition vulnerable.

Voting for me, helps the World health Organization (WHO) achieve the 2025 targets.

 

Blogpost and picture submitted by Mizero Jean Felix (Rwanda): mizerojeanfelix[at]gmail.com

The content, structure and grammar are at the discretion of the author only.

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805 thoughts on “YAP proposal #121: Spirulina Cultivation to Address Malnutrition (Mizero Jean Felix, Rwanda)

      1. @Yvette oooh lovely sister i really appreciate ur comments, keep it and do it several time so that we could succeeded

  1. Wow, I like u’r hard working Mr Felix, keep forward towards alleviation of those issues that suffer most of African people including Rwandans as well.
    we all know the impact of malnutrition and is for great value to have persons like you who think on the way to handle this problem.
    keep forward!!!!!!

    1. thanks jean De Dieu , malnutrition is a global concern by which we have to react together to eradicate it. welcome again

  2. very unique am looking to try fortifying sorghum with baobab powder. it will also prove beneficial to malnutrition

    1. thanks tendai, i plan to elaborate different formulas of fortification , i will contact you soon
      nc work

  3. Thks maurice and jean de Dieu I will keep it growing
    u are welcome
    notice: questions and suggestions for a better implementation of this project.. keep comments and sharing this project
    nc wkd to all views

  4. nc weekend tendai chiweshe, I think it will be very fine but take reference to recommended diatary allowances RDA so that the project will scientifically proven
    u are wlcm again

    1. as you work in health center, i would like to receive many inputs for this project sustainability
      wlkm again

    1. thanks wajeneza, as u are implementing the vegetable and mushrooms integration for HIV positive, please send form challenges faced by those vulnerable via my email, and it will take into account during this project . thanks again

  5. The project looks great and can tackle the issues of malnutrition in children.
    I think the budget is quite narrow and you may not achieve your vision.
    I hope that you will get good sponsorship and even make it free coz the target group may not be able to pay for this wonderful product.

    1. welcome moses, for this great support ,
      i will collaborate with you later for this project development
      keep commenting….

  6. How can we ever thank you enough for all you’ve done?
    You helped right when this young children needed help most
    it really a great full project

    1. welcome again diogene, children are the most vulnerable groups, so i will emphasize on their nutrition requirements while developing related products.
      thanks

    1. ooooh Isaie, as a laboratory technician , i will contact you for testing and quality issues
      thanks welcome again

    1. THANKS HERBERT, It will include cereals too so it will bring more benefits to our health
      welcome again

    1. @Isaie , later i want to develop more formulas of related products so that it will be consumed by various group of persons will be directly benefits from the project’s outputs

  7. thank a lot Dear Mizero for your hard work showing how you believe a human being.
    I apologize this project and asking to every one to understand and support.
    May God bless you.

  8. thks for your comment, @ Moses , thanks for ur suggestion, this is just a proposal, Where we are required to make a small budget of USD 5000 so GFAR (The global forum for agriculture research will assist us for proper implementation)
    so hope we will stay in touch for other comment and suggestion.
    continue to share this project , for improving its sustainability
    welcome

    1. @Ngabo, a big challenge, food security is a global concern , let’s react together to stop hunger in our world

  9. Dear felix, this is a good work , every one who is interested can contribute for the success. Keep it up felix.

    1. welcome Marc , as food scientist, take a time to share as suggestion on the nutritional value of this impressive algae, welcome bro

  10. First of all. Big up Mizero! I can’t imagine how this project is very attractive and go in deep to our dairly children problem and get a solution; well organize steps by steps. Secondly it is easy to understand how spirulina cultivation will fight down malnutrition.
    You deserve my support God bless you!

    1. @Chris You should help us to develop and documents update technology used for cultivation of spirulina and its processing, welcome again

  11. THIS PROJECT IS EXCELLENT AND I HIGHLY SUPPORT IT AND WISH IT WILL SUCCEED AND REACH ALL CORNERS OF AFRICA. I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU MR JEAN FELIX

    1. thanks for ur suggestions, interventions and cmts, so questions are also welcomed so that we could improve it’s implementation plan.

      NOTICE: keep comments and sharing…. better to see again if ur comment are taken into consideration after 3_ 6 hrs
      merci, murakoze

  12. As a citizen of Rwanda .I strongly support this project ..Children in school are suffering of malnutrition ..if this project is supported at least it will reduce the number of children suffering ..

    1. @ welcome Leo , this program will support the current Rwandan program of school feeding already initiated within our country, good idea.

  13. Well done Felix. This is what the world has been looking for!
    Thousands of children and women die each year because of malnutrition, but your solution seems to be thoroughly designed to eradicate this issue on a very large scale.

    Keep up the good work,

    1. welcome J. Bosco gives us the suggestion which integrate this project into the current program of climate change adaptation and mitigation
      thanks

    1. @Mohamed, actually community should be involved to the integration of development program owned by Government and stakeholders, welcome again

    1. @Vincent, murakoze cyane , but i need your suggestion and comment so that we will achieve together.
      welcomen again

    1. @Rugema , keep commenting on this idea, i have shared with you some benefits of spirulina, so hope you adopt it within your diet
      thanks

    1. @telesphore, great work but i need to request you that you could share with us the inputs that we could integrated into this project so that malnutrition will be addressed effectively mainly in preschool children. welcome again

  14. Don’t have fear,u’ll be able 2 do its,and m sure that Dod is with u in every thing , thx bro

    1. @ MUTABAZI In God we trust that everything is Possible , togetther with you i could achieve more
      THANKS

  15. Morning? this plant contain super protein than soyabeans and beef, it is not a problem for the human body?
    thx

    1. @Elam , God is With us, but try to share again this project for more leaders so that it will be reviewed for smart objectives

  16. A very interesting project. My prayer is to see this project being implemented in Nyamagabe District.
    Keep working on it, so that it will be helpful to Rwandans , Of course in Nyamagabe District.

    1. @ Gisoda, let’s pary together so that we will share success , and i hope your knowledge will be needed during implementation so that we will achieve more. thanks keep commenting, sharing this project through social media, and i know ur able for that all comments views are considered for scoring our projetcs more comments means that your project is the most popular so……

  17. Great work Mr Felix. This project proves a big experience you accumulated all long your work and studies. This will fight also the malnutrition problems and knowledge problems faced by many children in many African countries including Rwanda.
    You deserve much support!

    1. @ yes Fulgence as i stated into the proposal, i was early looking for a product which should address malnutrition disorders effectively , available for low cost and involving community to its production so that’s the results welcome again

  18. Congratulations, Rwanda still needs the innovation projects for combating malnutrition among the children under five. Big up!

    1. @Aphrodis those are some tips showing that malnutrition affecting persons who still have low incomes and the current foods used are still costing high:
      *No commercial nutritious food available in Rwanda for low cost .
      *FAO Statistics, 2014-2016, showing that 31,6% (3,9 M of people in Rwanda) are under nourished , where they presents differents signs of malnutrition.
      * Acute malnutrition among children aged between 6 month and 5 years is the only nutrition indicator within acceptable limits(3,6%). the prevelance of underweight (12%) is classified as poor. the prevalence of chronic malnutrition disorders among chidren of this age has remained very high in Rwanda over the last 20 yers and still stands at 43% making our country one of the the countries with the highest chronic malnutrition rates( Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis and Nutrition Survey ,CFSVA, 2012).
      so keep sharing the project and help each other to combat malnutrition

  19. Excellent work. Keep on.

    Many effects like anticancer, antiviral, cardioprotective, neuroprotective against excitotoxicity

    1. @venuste the today’s world innovations should be based on the challenges faced by the peoples and the sustainability of the world’s implementing projects so keep working together

  20. We are still having malnutrition problems in Rwanda, this project should be impremented even by Minisante. Keep your effort Felix.
    Good work always reward.

    1. @Fulgence actually in Rwanda the stunting is about 43% here are some statistics published early to Rwanda malnutrition disoerders
      *No commercial nutritious food available in Rwanda for low cost .
      *FAO Statistics, 2014-2016, showing that 31,6% (3,9 M of people in Rwanda) are under nourished , where they presents differents signs of malnutrition.
      * Acute malnutrition among children aged between 6 month and 5 years is the only nutrition indicator within acceptable limits(3,6%). the prevelance of underweight (12%) is classified as poor. the prevalence of chronic malnutrition disorders among chidren of this age has remained very high in Rwanda over the last 20 yers and still stands at 43% making our country one of the the countries with the highest chronic malnutrition rates( Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis and Nutrition Survey ,CFSVA, 2012).
      thanks and try to

    1. @welcome tom , later i will ask u to share with us the experience learned there you live
      keep sharing bro

    1. @ Osmane, welcome again and this will strengthen current program for combating malnutrition, keep commenting ……our score still low

    1. 2 Simba welcome keep commenting , and retrieve for new way of advocating and sharing this project, thanks

  21. welcome again. so it is greatly appreciate ur participation and scientific proof or any other story talking about spirulina will help us to improve our ideas
    best regards

    1. @ Jimmy , hope it will succeed and implemented within our country and outside,.
      keep comments as the only way for increasing our score …..

  22. here are some benefits of spirulina:
    # 1 one tablespoon contains -4g of protein ,
    -Vt- B1 11%, B2 15%; B3 4% of RDA ;
    -Copper 21% of RDA
    -Iron 11% of RDA
    – Decent amounts of Mg, K, Mn, almost small amount of other nutrients we need

    #2 it has a powerful antioxidant and inflammatory properties

    #3 it can lower LDL and triglyceride levels

    #4 it protects LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized

    #5 spirulina appears to have anti cancer properties, especially against oral cancer

    #6 it may reduce blood pressure

    # 7 spirulina improves symptoms of allergic rhinitis

    # 8 it may be effective against anaemia

    #9 Spirulina improves muscles strength and endurance

    RDA: recommended dietary allowances

    by Joe leech , dietitian
    November, 2015

    1. @kelly , big up brother , thanks for your support and hope we will succeed, remember that the project takes the 20th more commented project, our score still low… keep commenting ….

  23. Nice for this project so, this project it is more important for citizen and also out of country!!!!!!!!

    1. @Antoinnette , thanks i really hoe that standards will be considered while developing new products related to spirulina ,come again

    1. @Emma, but let’s move together, and hope this project will strengthening the current malnutrition program implementing within our project. so let’s react together to end hunger in our world

    2. @Hortance welcome again emma i really appreciate your support, so above i have post some figures of malnutrition disorders in Rwanda and all over the world so keep commenting

    1. @Gasore merci pour votre intervention ,et puis je voudrais dire que sur ce blog j’ai mis quelques roles du spirulina pour notre vie, je vais essayer de les traduirent en francais pour que vous puissiez mettre votre commentaire, bne journe

    1. @RDB , welcome again it is really great fully to be supported with you like a development board in Rwanda later i will contact you and register this business
      thanks

    1. @oooh eloi long time brother, i hope i will contact you later for more details about this project welcome

    1. 2 trocaire , ur intervention into the empowerment of food security in Rwanda are highly appreciate with citizens wecome again

    1. @Nyamagabe health center , thanks and we will advocate this project in your health center nutrition program

    1. @christianne ooooh spirulina is so impressive too regarding to its nutritional value posted above thanks welcome again

    1. @cossam century food , ur supply chain in agriculture value chain will help to manufacture good products based on your qualification in machines , welcome again keep comment

    1. @ARC Rwanda , thanks for your intervention into the refugees camp in Rwanda , hope the products from this project will improve the nutritional status of refugees leaving in Rwanda and all over the world

  24. Mng every body , achievements are resulted from hard work, hope together we achieve this tasks
    keep comment , suggest, and ask us for any clarification about this projects
    thanks for your support

  25. WHAT I FOUND FOR YOU:

    Arthrospira (Spirulina) Platensis
    Mark Barnett

    January 18, 2007
    Ode to a Microbe
    Microbe, microbe, spiraled your body be,
    Green-blue in color, tropical water lover,
    Thriving in conditions
    of alkalinity [1].
    Stone’s excrement by Aztecs [1,2], in Africa, Dihe [1-3],
    From domain Bacteria to genus Arthrospira,
    Nutritious, proteinaceous,
    rich in phytochemistry.
    Undemanding, environmentally sound,
    Oxygen producer, CO2 reducer,
    Energy efficient, water conserving, no loss of ground [4].
    “Super food,” says WHO; consid
    ered excellent by NASA [2,4],
    Whether desert locations
    or outer space stations,
    Count on this filamentous helical cyanobacteria.
    Research is just beginning; th
    ere is much more to explore.
    Anti-viral, anti-cancer, me
    mory, immunity enhancer,
    Food supplement, pharmaceutical, hea
    lth and wellness galore [5]!
    Mark Barnett, January 18, 2007

  26. What is spirulina? SAID BY WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Spirulina is an edible cyanobacterium, a small blue-green alga. It can be eaten by humans and other animals, and it’s been around for about 3 billion years. The name actually means “tiny spring”. This is because its simple cells form long strands that look similar to a coiled spring. There are several different species of spirulina , but two of the most well-known and more extensively researched are Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima[1].

    Today, spirulina is cultivated worldwide and consumed by millions of people around the world for its great nutritional value and numerous health benefits. It is supported as an ideal food and dietary supplement for the 21st century by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations[2].

  27. HISTORICAL USE OF SPIRULINA

    Spirulina was much appreciated by the Aztecs. It grew wild in the great lakes of Central Mexico. Small cakes of spirulina were sold in the marketplace in Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) and were highly prized[3]. The Aztecs called them tecuitlatl. They collected it from the surface of the lakes using nets and then they left the wet paste in the sun to dry. According to the conquistadors travel journals, tecuitlatl was made into a kind of bread and tasted something like cheese. They didn’t care for it much themselves, but the Aztecs found it delicious.

    Spirulina may have also been used as a source of nutrition by the Toltecs and the Mayas. There is evidence that the Mayas cultivated it in the same waterways they used for crop irrigation[4].

    The Kanembu tribe, who live along the shores of Lake Chad in north-central Africa, have harvested and eaten the microalga for centuries. It is one of their main sources of protein. After it is collected and dried, it turns in a form of biscuit called dihé [5]. This is used in many dishes and is also eaten by pregnant women in order to protect their unborn child from evil magic.

  28. DID U KNOW THIS ABOUT SPIRULINA ?

    Spirulina’s Nutritional Profile and Health Benefits

    Protein and amino acids

    Spirulina’s nutritional profile is quite impressive. First of all, it is full of protein, a rare occurrence in plants. Spirulina contains about 60% (51-71%) of protein. This is a complete protein which means it contains all of the essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine). It also provides 10 non essential amino acids (alanine, arginie, cystine, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, glycine, proline, serine and tyrosine).

    Fatty acid content

    Spirulina is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and it also contains, among others, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linoleic acid (LA), stearidonic acid (SDA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA)[1]. Fatty acids can’t be produced in our body so we have to take them from food sources. Our body needs them for many different fuctions and they are essential for cell health, brain and nerve function, and heart health.

    Vitamins

    It also has a high vitamin content, including vitamin A (in the form of b-carotene), a great deal of vitamin K, vitamin D, E, the very important vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. It contains pseudovitamin B12, which is similar to the actual B12, but it is biologically inactive in humans[6].

    Minerals

    Spirulina has a substantial mineral content with a respectable amount of calcium and iron, as well as phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, selenium and manganese.

    Spirulina also provides biotin, an important enzyme related to some complex B vitamins. Spirulina is also a rich source of other enzymes, RNA, DNA, sulfolipids, glycogen and other nutrients that could be beneficial for us.

    Spirulina Tablets
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    Phytonutrients

    A substantial amount of phytonutrients can be found in spirulina. Chlorophyll gives it the characteristic dark green colour. There is also a unique blend of carotenoids, zeaxanthin, superoxide dismutase (SOD), polyphenols and, most importantly, phycocyanin.

    Antioxidant Protection

    Phycocyanin is the major antioxidant costituent in spirulina[7]. There are several antioxidant mechanisms in this amazing microalga. One of them is scavenging the free radicals that move around and cause damage in various tissues (liver, lung, brain). In addition, it can inhibit lipid peroxidation, a chemical process that damages cell membranes. Sprirulina also modulates various enzymes with metabolizing, detoxifying and antioxidant properties.

    Spirulina can counter the oxidative damage caused in the heart and kidneys by some drugs through the free radical generation mechanism[7]. It can also protect against metal induced oxidative damage. In one study, the use of spirulina prevents skeletal muscle damage caused by physical exercise[8].

    Spirulina’s Antiviral Activity and Immune Boosting

    Spirulina contains several biological active molecules which have been shown to inhibit several viruses such as HIV-1, HSV-1, HSV-2, HCMV, influenza type A, measles, etc[9]. Spirulina’s compounds intefere with the viruses’ ability to bind to particular cell receptors and infect them.

    In studies carried out in vitro (test tubes) and in animals it has been shown that spirulina is able to stimulate a variety of immune functions. It can help with the production of antibodies and inhibit inflammation[7]. Other preliminary studies show that spirulina has the ability to inhibit histamine release which causes allergic rhinitis[10].

    More in vivo studies are needed in order to fully understand the effects of spirulina in human health, but what we know so far looks promising.

    Spirulina and Weight Loss

    Spirulina offers great assistance in weight management. Taken before meals, it can help you feel fuller without overeating and not as hungry between meals. It is a natural whole food with no conservatives or synthetic ingredients, a much better choice than diet pills.

    Spirulina curbs our hunger by keeping our blood glucose and amino acid levels stable. It is easily digested, since it doesn’t have the hard cell wall that other plants have. What’s more, it is low-fat, low-calorie and very low in cholesterol.

    Spirulina offers the body the nutrients it needs to operate properly. It boosts our energy levels, and this also help us exercise, a necessary part of a weight loss programme. Spirulina can be a great asset in a healthy and balanced diet.
    FROM http://www.infobarrel.com

  29. How to use spirulina from http://www.info.barrel.com

    Green Smoothie
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    Spirulina can be used as a whole food as well as a dietary supplement. It comes in the form of tablets, capsules, flakes and powder. Make sure you follow the recommended dosage at all times. In my personal experience, you can feel the effects of this amazing food even with smaller dosages, so take it easy at first. You can have too much of a good thing after all.

    The powder is especially useful because it can be used in numerous ways. Spirulina can be added in a variety of recipes of salads dips and sauces. It is an excellent addition to your green smoothies! You can also use it in various homemade snack bars, wraps and spring rolls. You can of course use it in facial treatments. In most recipes, one tablespoon of spirulina powder is enough.

    1. @Regis : yes of course we still count a significant number of stunted children in our country
      so let’s react to get to handle this challenge wlkm again

  30. You did a great job Mr Felix, super proposal, if selected we will get benefit especially here in our Region, All the best dear

    1. @Hertien HAAAAAA by googling , but i advise to all everyone especially young people to use the social network effectively for creating job opportunity initiated by different partners
      thanks

  31. so wonderful idea and i think u should involve many stakeholders involved into nutrition program for advocating this project and helps to communicate
    good job

    1. @Byusa first the project will be started in Rwanda , Nyamagabe District Gasaka Sector , secondary we plan to develop the extension at the household level therefore it will be known in all country and people living outside will get products fortified by spirulina…

    1. @straton actually spirulina is cultivated in Gikondo Marish , kigali city , and it was not well know in Rwanda but there they are some plot of this impressive algae.
      thanks

  32. @MIZERO FELIX
    SO tell us how u plan to mobilize the fund coz it seems that it will require much money , but congratulations

    1. @Dushime funds was first based on the idea generation , secondary the entrepreneur should seek personally how he should finance himself its project , secondary any one who are interested too should join and achieve together and more targets, but only advocating the outputs of the projects which will lather attracting stakeholders so hope it will be done soon

    1. @@ Furaha the score will be done based on the comment , likes and views of the blogs where the figuring the project !!! for me it is here u are and the formula is very simple
      5# comments + 2#likes+ #views = score
      thanks for the question

  33. tres interessant , mais il faut aussi faire des publicites sur les web Rwandais meme international , courage

  34. considering the posted agriculture requirement, it is so complicated so try to search for lowest techniques to cultivate it

    1. @eric good advice and i think that before this blog will be closed on 13/03/2016, any thing new about processing , cultivation and consumption should be shared and they will be considered as inputs while developing the final documents
      thanks

  35. innovation as a food scientist but keep both spirulina legumes and spirulina , the products will be powerful to combat malnutrition haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  36. Congratulations, Rwanda still needs the innovation projects for combating malnutrition among the children under five. Big up!

    1. @Monique biensur , on pense q le projet peut etre adopter par plusieur partenaires mondiales pour la fabrication des produits nutritives

  37. Dear felix, this is a good work , every one who is interested can contribute for the success. Keep it up felix.

  38. @felix so malnutrition is a big challenge in our country so hope u will contribute to combat it be strong

    1. @karekezi everyone is needed but try to think on the innovation which serve more people thanks form commenting

    1. @rurangirwa welcome together with u i will keep searching the new technologies, or any other inputs which will lower again the price so that it will be available and affordable for everyone

    1. @ntihinyurwa it will be easy, first think that all R.M will be dried , after milled then through that way it will be easy to mix !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      thanks keep contact i will send u the details mizerofelix@yahoo.fr

    1. @Valens currently in Rwanda we consume a mixed porridge from different cereals mainly Maize, wheat, millet, Red / white sorghum and legumes like Soybeans / Peas therefor the mixture are not based to scientific proof , the project aims to fortify those mixture or composite flour by Spirulina as High protein content food , this will be formulated based on the Recommended dietary allowances/ RDA as published by FAO. THANKS for more details contact me on mizerojeanfelix@gmail.com , mizerofelix@yahoo.fr

    2. @Valens as i said above , currently Rwandan consumes porridge in morning which is composed by cereals and legumes so innovation will be based on fortification of those porridge taken in the morning , based on the recommended dietary allowance / RDA so group ages will be take into references and thetype of vulnerability of the patient
      thanks and keep commenting

  39. @to all reader :i really thank you all for supporting my project, keep doing it and hopefully we will succeed

  40. Nice for this project so, this project it is more important for citizen and also out of country!!!!!!!!

    1. @jeanne merci la spiruline va change notre vie “”””””””””””””””””””

  41. very unique am looking to try fortifying sorghum with baobab powder. it will also prove beneficial to malnutrition

    1. @mageza not unique because it was already done in Gikondo but the innovation is how it will be used for food fortification , so thanks for ur comments

  42. impressive crop, it contains twice protein of soya and three time beef’s meat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the information

    1. @mary no cholesterol which is behind the heart related diseases
      so adopt it in your menu … as a food additive

  43. i have first congratulate you for intervening into agriculture value chain which is not common for young poeple
    so keep it

    1. @yvonne ok thanks for your comment , and i advise young persons to intervens into agriculture value chain , because it is a business which generate money like others
      thanks

    1. @matungo great but we are targeting the vulnerable persons of malnutrition especially children under five years old , lactating womens …….

    1. @Kankindi thanks for ur comment and as i said into the proposal , my background was in nutrition project so problems i faced there pushes me to think on the way , we could combat malnutrition in its different types so better to prevent it than treating the patient

    1. @Nduwawe: thanks for ur quaestion , actually i can’t know the cost , but we plan to try to lower production cost so that the price will be affordable for everyone
      thanks

    1. @claire : oui, j’ai deja fait un melange de soja, mais, ble et du sorgho , et ca cela tres facile d’ajoute du spiruline mais cette fois ci je base sur RDA , merci bcq

  44. @felix u need to advocate ur project into national institutions who have nutrition into their duties
    good job

    1. @Rose oooh rose ???? thanks for ur comment and i think this is agood start up, which will help to adocacy this project thanks

  45. oooh i found that i requires some special agriculture techniques so take a time to visit where it was done effectively

    1. @euphrem yes of course that’s why i need to cooperate with u so that we could share new technologies concerning this project , thanks again

  46. welcome again ,,,, readers , children stunted in Rwanda are about 43% .
    this means we are leaving with chronic malnutrition as there is no improvement said by fao

  47. good , this plant contain super protein than soja beans and beef, it is not a problem for the human body?

  48. Dear broter Mizero , you really have a good thougth That will help FAO to achieve it’s goal, you diserve to get the fund to reach your dreamz.

    1. @hyve not really that but to reduce poverty as it will generate incomes to different employees and the farmers will get technical support to grow their own plot

    1. @claudine together with you we could achieve more and i wish that once this proposal will pass , the start up fund will be obtained. so this will facilitate the project implementation

    1. @beatrice thanks for the comment and project like this should be developed all over the world for achieving the WHO global target 2025. thanks

    1. @Jado proud of what ? but if u wishes to say that you are proud of this project, me to am proud to think on the highest project like this one