Q&A: Ted Fischer of Vanderbilt

Source: NashvillePost
Author: William Williams
Original Publish Date: October 9, 2015

Ted Fischer, PhD; Professor of anthropology and director of Vanderbilt's Center for Latin American Studies
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Ted Fischer is professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. Over a five-year period, he teamed with Steve Moore (head of Middle Tennessee-based Shalom Foundation) and multiple VU students on a malnutrition-oriented and social enterprise effort called NutriPlus, which produces the supplement, Mani+.

The supplement (a fortified nut paste that provides calories, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals essential to brain development in babies and toddlers) is used to specifically address the nutritional deficiencies seen in Central American children. It is the first ready-to-use supplementary Food (RUSF) to be both locally produced and locally sourced in Guatemala City, Guatemala, creating local jobs and supporting local farmers. The new facility (read more here) opened on Sept. 23 and will eventually mass produce Mani+. Eventually, Fischer and Moore hope to produce 25 tons of Mani+ a month, reaching about 25,000 children.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

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