Public Domain material, reproduced from Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2007;39(6):327-334.
With funding provided by the Center for Higher Education of the United States Agency for
International Development, The Pennsylvania State University and Tuskegee University collaborated
with the University of Nairobi in establishing women’s NutriBusiness Cooperatives in the Rift
Valley and Central Provinces of Kenya. Between 1992 and 1999, the cooperatives were established,
facilities and equipment were supplied and extensive participatory training was provided by
university-affiliated investigators and project staff. This initiative enabled approximately 2500 rural
Kenyan women farmers to add value to their crops by processing and locally marketing nutritious,
convenient, culturally-appropriate weaning food mixes. Implementation of the NutriBusiness model
is described and challenges of cultural engagement are highlighted.