About Us.

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Edesia is a unique non-profit organization that manufactures specialized ready-to-use foods that saves lives. Each year, millions of “miracle packets” are delivered into the hands of malnourished children all over the world by humanitarian aid workers working in some of the hardest-to-reach areas on the planet.

The Edesia Story

Navyn Salem, our founder, traveled to her father’s birthplace, Tanzania, in 2007 and discovered that malnutrition — a 100% preventable global health crisis getting very little attention — was responsible for the deaths of 5 million children each year. She learned about Plumpy’Nut, a fortified peanut paste that is used to treat severe acute malnutrition and decided to found Edesia in 2009 to widen its reach to more children.

Edesia now makes 1.5 million packets of ready-to-use food each day.

The Goddess Edesia

Edesia is the Roman Goddess of food who presides over banquets. Mythology states that she ensured that feasts went well and the food was excellent. Her name comes from the

Latin verb edes,
which means
“to eat.”

Our Inspiration

Watch Anderson Cooper tell the story of Plumpy’Nut on 60 Minutes.