My journey and INTERGOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTION FOR THE USE OF MICRO-ALGAE SPIRULINA AGAINST MALNUTRITION (IIMSAM)

“Hunger is having to fight hard to hold onto every good thing you ever were, or the pain and emptiness will walk you into a morbid quagmire of despair and darkness. The same is true for the body and the soul.”

As we all know that we live in a world where the balance of health is extremely lopsided. Numerous individuals and organizations have tried to ease the global crisis of malnutrition, whether through personal effort or large-scale mobilization, but the unfortunate truth is that their resources have never quite managed to make the global impact that is so desperately needed. These efforts have, however, breathed new life into the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, the first of which is the destruction of world hunger. It is the goal of IIMSAM (the Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition, an Intergovernmental Observer to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations) to be a key driver in the achievement of this goal.

Roy Fernandes has been the GW Ambassador of IIMSAM and putting his part for the betterment of the world through IIMSAM.

IIMSAM is mandated to disseminate Spirulina as a Humanitarian Instrument in fighting severe malnutrition worldwide. Without the distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition, it is a fundamental right of everyone to be free from malnutrition and hunger; and have access to safe and nutritious food. Only when basic necessities are fulfilled will there be real progress. The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health as the right of every human being cannot be realized unless there is a felt need for establishing equitable and sustainable food systems.

IIMSAM envisions raising the level of nutrition and improvement of public health through Spirulina- a micro-algae abundant in essential proteins, minerals, and vitamins that can be easily assimilated by the human body. Spirulina’s preventive and curative aspects; and inherent benefits of easy availability, accessibility, and affordability; make it an important policy tool of tremendous practical significance to enrich the human capital across the globe especially among the Developing and the Least Developed Countries.

Spirulina, an alga, is the richest whole-food source available in nature. It is extremely digestible and contains every natural known antioxidant a healthy body could need. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and perhaps most importantly for those who are malnourished- protein. In fact, with around 70% protein content, Spirulina yields 20 times more protein per unit area than soybeans, 40 times more than corn, and over 200 times more than beef.

As an Ambassador for UN (IIMSAM), I have personally witnessed the wonderful things the consumption of Spirulina can do for the severely ill and malnourished. Just one gram of Spirulina a day is sufficient to bring a child who is severely malnourished to health, and this can all be accomplished within a few weeks. The truly beautiful thing about this wonder-alga is the fact that its growth and cultivation is both affordable and efficient. It would take well over 100 acres of land to generate the same amount of protein from beef as can be supplied by just one acre of Spirulina. Imagine the health potential! Cultivation is a simple process, and the cost of a tank that can produce 150 grams of Spirulina a day runs only $500. Spirulina can be grown in all types of environments, as it does not require fertile land for growth. In fact, production can actually benefit from saline soil conditions.

Due to all of these factors (efficiency, accessibility, ease of cultivation, cost-effectiveness), IIMSAM recognizes the great potential of Spirulina to feed the hungry masses, as does the United Nations. IIMSAM has made it its duty to bring these urgent recommendations to light. The organization has made numerous strides towards eradicating malnutrition through the production of Spirulina in order to restore health to entire communities. IIMSAM hopes to promote and restore health and vitality to other poorly afflicted parts of the world, such as Haiti. Imagine what we could do with your help, support, and love. The possibilities lay in you.

Mr. Roy Farnendas is the goodwill ambassador on protocol affairs and institutional developments of IIMSAM in UAE.

 

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