Philippines: 5 Things You Need To Know About “Momsie”
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Published on 10 July 2014

“Momsie” is a Filipino-made supplementary food for children 6 to 36 months.  Aside from sachets, “Momsie” also comes in 320g jars.

Photo: WFP Philippines/ Anthony Chase Lim

In partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) recently launched “Momsie,” a Filipino-made, locally-produced supplementary food.

Supplementary food aims to prevent moderate to acute malnutrition among children. WFP uses ready-to-eat supplementary food during emergency operations, at the start of an intervention during school feeding, and during supplementary feeding programmes, all aiming to provide nutritional support so that children could reach their full development potential. 

Here are the five things you need to know about the locally-produced Momsie:

From left to right: Dr. Mario Capanza, FNRI Director; Baicon Macaraya, WFP Head of Programme for Haiyan Emergency Operations; Dr. Corazon Barba, Senior Nutrition Consultant for WFP.

Photo: WFP Philippines/ Anthony Chase Lim

1. Momsie is a ready-to-use supplementary food that is nutrient-dense and protein-rich, fortified with vitamins and minerals.

2. It has a rich, nutty, chocolate flavour with paste-like consistency. 

3. Proudly Filipino-made! From locally-procured mung beans, soybeans, peanut, sesame seeds, oil, skimmed milk, margarine, cocoa, sugar, salt, and emulsifier.

4. Momsie is specially designed to meet the nutritional requirements of children aged 6 to 36 months - the period when children are vulnerable to nutrition deficiencies.

5. Eaten as a snack between regular meals or breastfeeding, one sachet of 25 grams makes up the daily ration for a child aged 6 to 36 months. 

“Momsie” is a Filipino-made supplementary food for children 6 to 36 months, in a 25 grams sachet.

Photo: WFP Philippines/ Anthony Chase Lim

In the Philippines, WFP is currently importing supplementary food manufactured in France. The advent of “Momsie” will provide a more accessible source of supplementary food. Though yet to be mass-produced, “Momsie” has the potential to be used by the government, WFP, and other humanitarian organizations for nutrition programmes, once out in the market.

With its locally-sourced ingredients, it will also stimulate the local economy and contribute greatly to Filipino farmers' income.

As the Philippines celebrates July as National Nutrition Month, the introduction of “Momsie” proves to be a leap towards further addressing hunger and malnutrition and an example of how innovation and strong partnerships can work towards achieving one common goal - that is, to strengthen food security and resilience in the country.

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