Bangladesh has one of the highest child malnutrition rates in the world, with 43 percent of under-fives stunted (chronically malnourished). Particularly in rural areas, children’s diets are woefully short of essential micronutrients. A product known as the Pushti Packet is already available, but WFP is working with GAIN to improve its recipe to make it more effective in the prevention and reduction of child malnutrition.
Research and development is ongoing, and WFP is working with internationally renowned Bangladeshi institute ICDDRB in this process. Pilot batches from local manufacturers must be tested for shelf-life and acceptability amongst mothers and their children. The aim is to produce at least three recipes, which will then be tested for their efficacy and effectiveness for preventing malnutrition.
It is intended that the developed product would be available for use by the Government of Bangladesh, WFP, or any other credible organisation whose objectives are to prevent child malnutrition.