Inspiration - SCK•CEN's sustainable commitment to the South

Inspiration - SCK•CEN's sustainable commitment to the South

Since 2012, SCK•CEN is fully committed to Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs. This Belgian organization aims to promote sustainable economic growth in developing countries by building relationships between entrepreneurs in the North and in the South. A mission that fits perfectly with the corporate culture of our research centre, where values such as responsibility, innovation, knowledge transfer and sustainability are the heart of the organisation.

For this commitment to Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs, we have to thank first and foremost our volunteers, who enthusiastically share their expertise and ideas. It is them who conceived and developed our project, called INSPIRATION (INtroduction of SPIRrulina in Equatorial Africa To Improve loOcal Nutrition) based on our research in the context of space exploration. And it's also them who ensure that this project continues to live.


Fight against chronic malnutrition

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 43% of all children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition. The child mortality rate is very high. SCK•CEN came up with a sustainable way to engage in the fight against malnutrition, and has launched project Inspiration, working together with the NGO Congodorpen (Congo Villages) and Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs.

With Inspiration, we aim to develop and support the cultivation of spirulina, a nutritious bacterium, in Congo. 


Approach in Congo

  • Setting up a spirulina test cultivation for 50 test households.
  • Introduction of spirulina as a food supplement for 300 children.
  • Intensive monitoring of the children for 3 years by a health centre.