Spirulina as a Solution to World Hunger


IIMSAM - Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition - serves the international community in the capacity of a Permanent Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, located at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York.

Malnutrition is by far the most important single cause of illness and death globally. The costs of malnutrition in terms of lost development and productivity are enormous. Even mild to moderate malnourishment in the womb reduces future cognitive development of a child. 

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 has 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 gives major nutritional improvement for malnourished children

Spirulina offers remarkable health benefits to an undernourished person.

Spirulina is rich in beta carotene that can overcome eye problems caused by Vitamin A deficiency. The protein and B-vitamin complex makes a major nutritional improvement in an infant's diet. It is the only food source, except for mother's milk, containing substantial amounts of an essential fatty acid GLA – Gamma Linoleic Acid -  that helps regulate the entire hormone system.

One tablespoon of Spirulina a day can eliminate iron anaemia, the most common mineral deficiency. Spirulina is the most digestible protein food, especially important for malnourished people whose intestines can no longer absorb nutrients effectively. Clinical studies have shown Spirulina helps rebuild healthy intestinal flora. These health benefits have made it an excellent food for rapid recovery of children from malnutrition related diseases in Mexico , Togo , Romania , China , Rwanda, Zaire , India , Ukraine , and Belarus .


Spirulina is being produced in more than 22 countries and used in over 77 countries.