The production at the beginning of the year did not reach the expected targets. As requested by SSF, a mission conducted by Antenna Tehnologies was undertaken on the field, in order to guarantee :
- The additional necessary training of the operations team
- The renovation of certain technical facilities/equipment
- 100% utilisation of the available production area
- The production of May and June thus met the targets ranging from 20kg to 30kg per month.
However, in August 2013, the farm suffered from catastrophic flooding that swamped all the spirulina ponds and deteriorated parts of the infrastructure. The outcomes of this positive dynamic were ruined. The site needed to be entirely rebuilt prior to resuming production in December 2013.
The spirulina was then essentially distributed for anti-malnutrition purposes, i.e. 110kg that were granted to World Vision to be handed out to children in two reception offices in Nouakchott. As a result, more than 1200 children could benefit from this distribution.
The annual production output is merely 113kg as 250m2 of spirulina ponds were already cultivated until September. Only 125m2 were used between October and December. Technical issues regarding water stirring arose and there were a few difficulties in adapting the offer to the demand.
The spirulina is mainly distributed to fight malnutrition.
155kg were donated to World Vision (that organises the sponsorship of abandoned children) for distribution to children from one of the 6 centres, which this NGO is responsible for in Nouakchott (districts of El Mina and Arafat 1). 790 children welcomed in these centres benefitted from this distribution. 8kg were handed out for free in two communal day care centres in Sebka (an underprivileged district of Nouakchott).