NUTRIgreens is a social enterprise that is aiming to tackle malnutrition in Uganda using microgreens; which are vegetables harvested after 1-2 weeks. Microgreens contain up to 40 times the nutrient concentration of their mature counterparts, and approximately 150 times less water to be produced. Due to their small size, they can be grown in volume with little burden on the producer, making them suitable for indoor growing.
Uganda is ranked 129th/187 on the HDI index, and many children suffer from symptoms of a malnourished diet. Both Vitamin A and Iodine deficiency exceed the WHO cut-off, putting them in the class of a severe public health issue. Low age-for-height is a more obvious symptom, whilst 50% of children 6 months to 5 years old, are anaemic (Iron and Vitamin D deficiency). UNICEF have linked these symptoms to wider consequences, such as poor academic performance resulting from energy and concentration issues, limiting children’s development.
Our project will empower farmers and students alike to improve their health, and create a sustainable livelihood for themselves. We hope to achieve this by selling microgreens commercially to restaurants in both Nottingham and Kampala, enabling us to subsidise the production for schools. Our aim is to introduce Microgreens into the African market to combat the issues of a predominantly cereal-based diet that has a low nutritional value.
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