Friday is flour day

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Friday is flour day

Every second Friday, Manisha Pariyar 24, is busy preparing super-flour for her 18-month-old son. The flour, a nutritious mix made from three kinds of cereals (maize, wheat and soybean), is a proven nutritious food for young children. Developed by UMN in the 1970s, super-flour is now widely used and promoted by many organisations. Manisha learnt how to make it at the Nutrition Centre that runs five-days-a-week in her own village, Magma.

Mothers learn there about the value of nutrition and the methods of preparing the nutritious meals out of the locally-available food crops, including super-flour.They also feed their babies and children below five years who are malnourished at the centre.

"My son looks healthier than before," says Manish. "He is always playing happily. If I learnt about this a few years ago, I would have made my other three children chubby like this," she says, beaming. Fifty-five mothers are currently making super-flour at their home and feeding their babies, with excellent results.

By Nim Bahadur Nepali
Community Facilitator, Nepal Public Awakening Forum Rukum

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