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Baking Biscuits in Kabul

The Right Recipe

Ingredients are measured out manually. A mix of vitamins and minerals are added to the cookie dough to help combat micronutrient deficiencies in the children who will eat them.

Building Local Capacity

This is the third factory in Afghanistan that has been primed by WFP’s team to produce HEBs.  With further capacity building improved efficiencies, WFP hopes that by 2013, 80% of all its biscuit needs for Afghanistan can be produced locally.

Cookie Cutter Solution

150 raw biscuits are rolled out with each turn of the rotary molder. Usually, the biscuits would have a WFP logo on them, but as this is a pilot run the factory is not doing this yet.

Baked to Perfection

The cookies make a seven-and-a-half minute down a 40-metre long gas oven and emerge golden-brown on the other side. This factory produces about five kilos of biscuits per minute.

Buying Domestically

Most of the biscuits distributed by WFP in Afghanistan are imported from India, but WFP is working to build local capacity in order to buy more locally in future.

Ready to Go

Biscuits are boxed and ready to be distributed to schools in the Kabul area. The local production and purchase of these HEBs was made possible thanks to donations from the people of Canada and the USA.

Biscuit Power

When distributed regularly to schoolchildren, HEBs can act as an incentive for students to attend class regularly, as well as helping to combat micronutrient deficiencies. WFP plans to give HEBs to nearly one million schoolchildren in Afghanistan this year.

WFP has recently begun producing High Energy Biscuits, fortified cookies for distribution to schoolchildren in Afghanistan, at a factory in Kabul.