Among children under the age of 5, more than 50% show signs of stunted growth and development in Timor-Leste, higher than other countries in the same region. Adequate intake of micronutrients, particularly iron, vitamin A, iodine and zinc, from conception to age 24 months, is critical for child growth and mental development.
In a revamped section of a coffee plant near Dili, capital of the fledgling republic of Timor-Leste, machines are grinding up corn kernels and soy beans, and mixing in oil, sugar and a host of micronutrients.
This is Timor-Leste’s first ever food processing operation, and the sacks of corn soya blend rolling down its conveyors have been fittingly labeled “Timor Vita”. Once bagged the Timor Vita is distributed around the whole country through Flospan stores erected at rural health clinics. A real example of how Conport products can make a difference.
Technology used: FLOSPAN