Kerry works with the World Food Program to improve food security and nutrition in Burundi

March 12, 2021

Kerry, the world’s leading flavor and nutrition company, has announced details of Project Amata, a new project with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) aimed at increasing the production and availability of safe, sustainable milk for children and communities in the United States improve Gitega Province in Burundi.

The Amata project builds on the success of the previous partnership between WFP and Kerry, Project Leche, which has helped Honduran farmers create safer and more sustainable milk supplies, promote the health of over 7,500,000 Honduran children, and promote economic growth Opportunities and living conditions to improve for the community.

In Burundi 65% of the people live below the poverty line and chronic malnutrition affects more than half of the population. Children are often the hardest hit because of the lack of regular food and poor dietary variety, making them susceptible to infection and seriously affecting their academic performance. Milk is one of the few animal protein sources available to children in Burundi. However, on average, children are only given two cups a month – the lowest frequency of milk consumption in East Africa. For the 11 million people in Burundi, these challenges add up and affect personal development as well as the country’s economic and social development.

The aim of the Amata project is to make safe and sustainable milk more accessible to school children and the community. The project focuses on improving food security and nutrition by strengthening the milk value chain and engaging schools and communities to raise awareness of the important role milk plays in curbing malnutrition. During the three-year program, Kerry experts and WFP staff will work with farmers and the local community to build milk production capacity. Much-needed equipment and training is provided covering key areas of animal husbandry and milk production. The project is further supported by a direct financial contribution of USD 750,000 from Kerry.

Commenting on the announcement, Edmond Scanlon, Chief Executive Kerry Group:

“We are delighted to be able to share our dairy, processing and nutrition expertise for the Amata project. This is an example of how Kerry, WFP and local agencies can work together to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger. It’s also another concrete example of our active Better For Society program, which helps improve the health and nutrition of people in need. “