December 4, 2022

The Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s Complementary Food Production Facilities (CFPF) in Ifugao State University (IFSU) will showcase its facilities and products during the celebration of the 2021 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) through a webinar on Nov. 26.

The facility is part of DOST-FNRI’s action, in collaboration with DOST-Cordillera and IFSU, for the implementation of the Malnutrition Reduction Program (MRP) in geographically isolated and depressed areas (GIDAs), with a total project cost of P4,090,491.92.

The Rice-Mongo Ready-to-Cook Baby Food Blend (Bigmo), which provides nutrients for infants and young children, is one of the two complementary food products targeted to be produced in the facility.

Bigmo is among the technology-based products of an adopter of DOST-FNRI which produces rice-mongo food supplements intended to help curb malnutrition.

Ifugao is one of the eight GIDAs in the country that the DOST-FNRI has reached out to in order to address the existing nutritional problem in the area.

The province has recorded “persistent malnutrition” incidence among infants and young children, and was listed as a priority area for establishment of the DOST-FNRI’s CFPF.

The project aims to advance the knowledge and skills of the CFPF personnel and university researchers to ensure the successful operation towards quality assurance and innovation.

DOST-FNRI will provide trainings to CFPF staff on the operation and maintenance of the equipment, production of complementary foods, basic food safety, Good Manufacturing Practices, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures, and business accounting. – Press release