Tamalli is a diet-based malnutrition intervention based on nixtamalization (alkaline cooking), an ancient Aztec maize processing technique that has yet to be applied in Africa. Nixtamal consumption can solve two of the biggest challenges associated with Africans’ reliance on maize — aflatoxin exposure and micronutrient deficiency.
Both are linked to maternal anemia and child stunting, and there are currently no affordable and accessible diet-based strategies to solve them. Nixtamalization naturally reduces aflatoxin levels by up to 95%, and also reduces phytic acid levels by up to 35% (making it a prime vehicle for fortification).
Our solution is to build a foodservice supply network for informal vendors, making nixtamalized foods ubiquitous enough for significant consumption levels — while also reducing the negative impact informal food vendors are having on public health, and creating significant local employment.
Vendor programs include a branding package and daily delivery of fresh foods ready for sale. Programs are designed to attract more regular customers and increase profitability through greater control over ingredient cost. Customers will be able to achieve greater health at little or no marginal cost depending on the dish.
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