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Nutrition Kiosk

Goal

The Nutrition Kiosk, a one-stop shop located in shared spaces such as offices and clinics, aims to improve the nutrition status of vulnerable populations through an easily accessible portfolio of products, information, and services to assist women and children in meeting their nutrition needs.

Description

Designed by Sight and Life, the Nutrition Kiosk is an innovative and customizable solution with the potential to create demand for good nutrition in low-resource settings by providing both services and productsThe Nutrition Kiosk provides easy access to nutritional information, advice, as well as nutritious whole foods, fortified foods and micronutrient supplements at points in the community where they are most needed. 

Nutrition Kiosk people

From a shelf that stores informative pamphlets and brochures to a mobile cart with display options for healthy foods, the Nutrition Kiosk offers a cost-effective and flexible format for partnering with social enterprises.

Design Development 

Recognizing our unique approach to scaling up nutrition, the Dutch charitable fund, Dioraphte Foundation, awarded Sight and Life a grant to develop nutrition scale-up proposals in Kenya, Ethiopia and Malawi. Under this grant, our first step entailed the design process for the Nutrition Kiosk, centering around one simple question: What if healthy food was as affordable, appetizing and more importantly as accessible as fried foods? This led to the concept of the Nutrition Kiosk, which we piloted as a push-cart at the 19th IUFOST World Food Science and Technology Conference held in Mumbai, India, in 2018. Attendee feedback from public and private sector representatives confirmed the project’s potential to improve nutritional status of employees in a diversity of shared spaces in India.

Sight and Life has since expanded partnerships to include collaboration with ImpACT4Nutrition, a platform designed to engage private sector companies in contributing to the Poshan Abhiyaan (the National Nutrition Mission) – the Indian government’s flagship program for a malnutrition-free India by 2022. 

With the aim to create demand for nutritious foods in low and middle-income groups in India, Sight and Life looked carefully at the urban landscape to decide on the physical design of the kiosk and find ways to reach the last mile. The kiosk was developed with its ideal user in mind – the mother. We conducted a meticulous examination of mothers’ needs, finding that in most cases, she is the primary individual responsible for buying food and cooking meals for the family. In order to accommodate the personal needs of this target audience, the kiosk was also designed to include access to counselors and to mothers’ groups. 

The final design of the cart also accounted for the challenges described by street vendors, linked with navigating urban landscapes, varying street and crowd conditions, and creative display options.

Sight and Life
Status:
Current
Country:
India
Key Area of Work:
Workplace Nutrition, Technical Assistance
Partners:
Dioraphte Foundation

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