Senegal is one of the largest salt producers in West Africa, with a production capacity of 450,000 MT of salt annually and export to countries throughout the region. USI was first implemented here 10 years ago and currently reaches an estimated 64% of households. However, the existence of thousands of small-scale salt producers has been a major obstacle to achieving USI. Mr Banda Ndiaye of the Micronutrient Initiative gave an account of efforts to engage small-scale producers in Senegal. The project aimed to increase salt production capacity, sustainability and infrastructure for the bene- fit of the Senegalese and neighboring populations. To achieve these goals, the Micronutrient Initiative and its partners worked through existing organizational structures, including the small producers’ associations. Situational analyses were first carried out to identify bottlenecks in the supply chain. Central purchasing units were subsequently promoted in an attempt to restock potassium iodate and ensure its availability to all producers. Employing lessons from the Bamako Initiative related to delivery of Essential Medicines, the project launched a cost recovery scheme to help maintain the potassium iodate supply and to fund the maintenance costs of the operation. This mechanism has been found to offer financial sustainability. Addition – ally, quality assurance and production tools were provided to the local cooperatives to aid in: reporting of iodized salt production, quality, and quantity; tracking the quantity of potassium iodate and fuel consumed; and tracking of machine productivity. These tools have improved financial management and increased the profitability of cooperatives, in addition to improving compliance with salt iodization standards (TU22). The local organization of small salt producers has been a key to success, enabling improved management and planning, and thus leading to increased membership and participation.
For all devoted to nutrition.
Discover the science behind nutrition and our latest initiatives for a promising tomorrow.