Commercializing Therapeutic Food Supplements

As an implementing partner of the Thrive program, an initiative of the US Agency for International Development, TechnoServe, with support from PATH and Partners in Food Solutions, is helping to support an innovative program to improve the nutritional status of people living with HIV and developing new market opportunities for local food processors and retailers. TechnoServe is working with selected Zambian food processors to commercialize affordable fortified food supplements known as HEPS through both clinical settings and private retail outlets. Partners in Food Solutions, a consortium of multinational food processing companies, is also lending expertise to the project by providing state-of-the-art technical assistance to processors, including market testing, product safety/certification and distribution strategy. TechnoServe has assisted in the distribution of over 540 tons of HEPS to 34 health facilities in Central, Copperbelt, Eastern and Southern provinces. TechnoServe is also conducting a market survey in Eastern and Copperbelt provinces to understand the decision making habits and buying patterns of target clients.