The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) under its programme Food and Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) recently awarded VAI a grant to expand protein-fortification efforts. VAI was awarded together with Wageningen University, Netherlands and the Food and Nutrition Solutions Limited (FONUS) stablished at the School of Food Technology and Bioengineering Makerere University as consortium partners. The ARF programme focuses on innovations that are readily applicable and contribute to sustainable food security for the most vulnerable populations. For VAI our ARF project is on protein fortification. It is important to note that most cereal fortification efforts to address nutrition challenges focus on micro-nutrients. This project seeks to fortify first line cereals with milk protein in a bid to address the rampant malnutrition in Uganda and neigbouring countries. The project builds on earlier efforts that VAI has been having on protein fortification. The initiative is expected to provide affordable protein rich cereal flours especially for children and women. The study will offer a model for macronutrient fortification in Sub-Saharan Africa.
For details follow the link below under window 3: http://www.nwo.nl/en/research-and-results/programmes/food+%26+business+research/ARF+research+projects