Access to protein in cities is often limited. Meat can be prohibitively expensive, requires ample space, and is environmentally unsustainable. Yet sufficient protein is critical for proper development. Enter MealFlour, a protein-rich powder that urban dwellers can add to meals to improve nutrition.
1,000 mealworms produce 200 grams of mealflour containing 100 grams of protein, enough to nourish a family of four. MealFlour’s work provides people with the skills to produce their own low-cost and environmentally sustainable source of protein to improve their health.
- In developing countries, 40 percent of preschool children are anemic from lack of protein.
- 80 percent of the world already eats insects.
- The global warming potential of beef is 5.52 to 12.51 times higher than that of mealworms, making mealworms an easy, low-footprint source of protein.
- Operating in two cities within Guatemala
- Program and product design includes significant community and partner feedback
- Training has created an ongoing space for discussion among participants
- Hired a Guatemalan nutritionist for current round of training programs
- Having partner NGOs take on ownership of the program for long-term operations
MealFlour currently partners with:
- Numerous local community organizations including health clinics and vocational skills-building groups
- MIGHTi Research Initiative
- Grants for program expansion in 2018
- Guidance on validation requirements for uptake by multilateral programs
- M&E expertise for early-stage programs focusing on nutritional impact
- Digital and mobile media exposure