The MILO® award ceremony

The MILO® award ceremony held on Wednesday 5th June 2013 at Eugène Dethise R.C.A (Primary School), Belle Rose.

Event name: MILO® Award, in collaboration with the Mauritius Sports Council

Best athletes aged between 7 -15 years in any sports discipline were awarded for their excellence in sports for the 1st quarter of 2013.

Rewards offered were MILO® gift hamper, cheque, certificate of recognition


1. Ms Colet Aniela (Judo) for the month of January 2013
2. Mr Collet Ronaldo  (Judo)  for the month of February 2013
3. Mr Ah Chuen Jason (Tennis) for the month of March 2013               

Mr Luigi Peccini, Cluster Manager during his speech at the award ceremony

Mr Luigi Peccini, Cluster Manager awarding Mr Ah Chuen Jason for his  remarkable performance in Tennis for the month of March 2013

Mr Kushal Dinaran Category Development Manager- Dairy awarding the Mr Collet Ronaldo  for his remarkable performance in Judo for the month of February 2013

Awardees: from left to right Ms Colet Aniela, Mr Collet Ronaldo and Mr Ah Chuen Jason


The Pilot Phase of the Nestlé Rice Project Completed in Madagascar

Wednesday 15th May 2013, Colbert Hotel, Antananarivo: 70 participants including high officials from both Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health attended the Nestlé workshop that was organised in view of communicating to all stakeholders the results of its pilot rice project named “Voly Vary pour une alimentation saine”. In October 2012, several varieties of rice naturally enriched in iron and zinc were introduced in Anjepy, a small locality in the District of Manjakandriana which is situated 40 km away from Antananarivo. 16 farmers participated in the trials. The various partners on this project included the National Centre for Applied Research in Rural Development, FOFIFA, the Nestlé Research Centre in Abidjan, the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa and the National Institute of Community and Public Health (INSPC).


The diet of the Malagasy has been found to be lacking in iron and zinc in general. Any occurrence of malnutrition during pregnancy and the first two years of childhood affect the health of the mother and her child," said Professor Roger Andrianasolo, Chief Public Health Nutritionist with the Ministry of Health and Vice-President of the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa.

The varieties of NERICA chosen for this project were obtained from Africa Rice and FOFIFA and selection was made after analysing their nutritional characteristics" said Philippe Courbet, agronomist at the Nestlé Research Centre in Abidjan.


Picture 1: Our Agronomist, Mr. Andry Jeda Tsiafaradia from Nestlé Madagascar, posing next to the Rice display and explaining the features of the rice paddies harvested

The objective of the pilot project which was to identify and disseminate rice varieties with high nutritional value and good agro-ecological adaptations was achieved. The harvest turned out to be good with a total of 200 kg of rice produced from 9 biofortified varieties on a total experimental area of 1,792 Sq. metres. Farmers have also started to mobilize to be part of the project in the next phase. Eventually, we are hoping that the project should develop to reach a larger sample size in the region of Anjepy and see later at the national level.

Mr. Luigi Peccini from Nestlé also expressed his enthusiasm for this project and he added: "To create long-term value for our shareholders, we must create value for the society, a concept known as ‘Creating Shared Value’. For us, the areas of interest in creating value for the society are Nutrition, Water and Rural Development and the rice project in Madagascar covers both the nutrition and rural development aspects. These activities are at the heart of our business strategy and are vital to the well-being of the population in the countries where we operate.


Picture 2: Mr. Luigi Peccini addressing the journalists at the press conference; on his left we have Professor Roger Andrianasolo, Chief Public Health Nutritionist with the Ministry of Health and Vice-President of the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa

Overall, the "Voly Vary" project can be viewed as a medium and long term investment. Firstly, we can act on improving rice productivity with the introduction of new and better varieties. Secondly, the qualitative enhancement of rice in the near future should contribute to add to the nutritional value of the staple food of the Malagasy people as a means to reduce micronutrient deficiencies.

A field visit was organised in Anjepy in the afternoon on that same day for the key participants from Nestlé and Ministries of Health and Agriculture. The farmers who took part in the trials were very happy to share their experience on the cultivation of the new varieties.


Picture 3: A Signage communicating about the Nestlé pilot rice project was erected inside the small village of Anjepy in the area where the experimental rice plots can be found.

Picture 4 : Visit to the experimental rice plots in Anjepy

Watch the Rice Project video


Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) organised the 2nd edition of its continuous nutrition education in Mauritius on the prevention and management of childhood allergies

June 21st, 2012

Some 100 health care professionals (including paediatricians from Seychelles, Comoros and Madagascar) attended the NNIAContinuous Nutrition EducationThe Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) hosted the 2nd edition of its Continuous Nutrition Education (CNE) for the Indian Ocean Islands on the 21st of June 2012 at the Maritim Hotel, Balaclava in Mauritius. Around 100 healthcare professionals were present at the conference to discuss the recent advances in the pathophysiology and diagnosis of food allergies in infants.

Over the last decades, the incidence of allergies has dramatically increased to reach epidemic dimensions,and allergy is now recognised as a serious public health problem by the World Health Organisation (WHO). There are almost three times as many children affected by allergies such as asthma, food allergies and skin allergies as compared to 30 years ago. Today, atopic dermatitis is the first manifestation of allergic sensitisation which affects up to 20% of children during their firsttwo years of life. Not only do allergies have a significant impact on the quality of life of children and their families; the treatment is also costly for health services because of their frequency and chronic nature. It is therefore of paramount importance to develop effective measures to prevent allergies.

In Mauritius, at present,there is very little data pertaining to food allergies in children. A study conducted in 2008 by Dr. Pugo-Gunsam and her collaborators at the University of Mauritius revealed that Mauritians are generally more sensitive to seafood and food products such as peanuts, soy and chocolate. Although symptoms varied,many survey participants reported not to always consult a doctor whenever they have allergic reactions, which have led researchers to conclude that there is a need for an educational campaign to inform the public about potential risks of exposure to certain foods. Other research studies showed that dust mites are the most common allergens that contribute to allergic symptoms all year round inpatients.

Paediatricians from the Seychelles, Comoros and Madagascar were present at the meeting to share their expertise and experience. "The Institute promotes science for better nutrition and we are pleased to host the 2nd edition of this Continuous Nutrition Education for health care professionals after the Seychelles last year," said Professor Roger Andrianasolo, chief nutritionist at the National Institute of Public Health in Antananarivo and Vice President of the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa.

The Institute was also pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Levin, distinguished lecturer and a doctor in paediatrics and allergy expert at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Dr. Levin isa member of the Executive Committees of the Allergy Society in South Africa and the National Program on raising awareness of asthma. He is a member of the European and American academies of asthma, allergy and clinical immunology. He has morethan 30 scientific articles and chapters in the peer reviewed medical publications.

Mr. Luigi Peccini, the Country Manager of Nestlé Mauritius in his opening speech emphasized that this conference aims to promote a public-private partnership in the field of nutrition and encouraging sharing of scientific data that proves to be necessary to address the nutritional challenges caused by allergies. Dr. Chand Domah, Regional Health Director from Ministry of Health and past NNIA board member was the chief guest for the event. 

Challenges in the Hospital Environment

In general, the prevalence to food allergies in the Indian Ocean islands is not well documented and there are an increasing number of infants who are diagnosed with cow’s milk protein allergy. The diagnostic test available in public hospitals in Mauritius is the Total IgE and treatment most often involves the elimination of the causative food from the diet. In Seychelles for instance, from clinical experience as explained by Mrs. Madeleine, food allergies arise mainly from egg, milk, peanut, seafood: seashells (crabs, prawns, bernique, lobster),fish (cordonier, carangue), wheat, pineapple, tomatoes, eggplant and spinach.The same treatment is also applied in Mauritius. In Comoros and Madagascar, on the other hand, the diagnostic tools are still very expensive and priority is given to treatment of malnutrition and infectious diseases.

 Way Forward in the Management of Food Allergies in theIOI

Dr.Levin shared regional and international links on allergy education and training with the participants. The creation of an allergy society in Mauritius in collaboration with the allergy society of South Africa has been identified as one of the main step in addressing some of the short term challenges in the management and diagnosis of allergies in the islands.