The importance of these micro-algae as a food source for generations to come was highlighted at the United Nations World Food Conference in 1974, were they were described as "the best food for the future". It is the IIMSAM, or the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition, which has taken the lead in making this nutritious organism available for the millions of people who face starvation. IIMSAM is an institution that aims to use these micro-algae to combat starvation, malnutrition and food shortages in developing and the most underdeveloped countries. It also has a focus on dealing with the illnesses and complications arising from malnutrition. In addition, IIMSAM caters especially for the needs of undernourished disabled children and those that are HIV positive.