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Nutrition International works to sustainably expand fortification for edible oil and wheat flour in Pakistan
Building on the successes of the Food Fortification Programme and FFP 2.0, this new project, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will support the institutionalization of mandatory edible oil and wheat flour fortification.
Posted on February 15, 2023
Ottawa, CANADA – Nutrition International is continuing its commitment to scale up large-scale food fortification in Pakistan with a new project that seeks to institutionalize both edible oil and wheat flour fortification across the country. These efforts aim to reach 155 million people with fortified edible oil and 87 million people with adequately fortified wheat flour by 2027.
“Pakistan is moving the needle on fortification at scale, and we’re proud to have been an expert ally in that success because hundreds of millions of people will benefit.
— Joel C. Spicer, President and CEO, Nutrition International
“Pakistan is moving the needle on fortification at scale, and we’re proud to have been an expert ally in that success because hundreds of millions of people will benefit.” said Nutrition International President and CEO Joel C. Spicer. “We are now focusing on the final stages of mandatory edible oil and wheat flour fortification and ensuring that industry and government have the tools they need to for the programs to be effective and sustainable for the long-term.”
Working with partners, Nutrition International will support the provinces and federal government to move the wheat flour fortification program from implementation to institutionalization. The project will provide capacity development and technical assistance to ensure greater accountability to quality fortification standards.
To institutionalize edible oil fortification, Nutrition International will provide assistance so the Government can effectively monitor and enforce existing regulations and ensure adherence to the standards. Through this project, Nutrition International will also provide guidance to industry to fortify and execute adequate internal quality assurance processes, including the digitization of data and implementation of critical safety parameters.
“Through our collaboration, Pakistan will soon have a stronger and more sustainable system to reach the population with the nutrients they need.
— Dr. Baseer Achakzai, Director of General Health, Ministry of Health, Regulation and Coordination.
“Improving access to fortified foods will definitely help to ensure better, well-nourished and healthier population leading to more prosperous and productive lives,” said Dr. Baseer Achakzai, Director of General Health, Ministry of Health, Regulation and Coordination. “We highly appreciate our valued partnership with Nutrition International along with other development partners for assisting the Nutrition wing of the Ministry by sharing their technical expertise and supporting the growth of our fortification program. Through our collaboration, Pakistan will soon have a stronger and more sustainable system to reach the population with the nutrients they need.”
A gender analysis examining gender roles, norms and relations will be conducted to understand how gender intersects with food fortification programming in Pakistan. The results will be used to recommend more detailed program planning and will look at opportunities to promote women’s leadership and strengthen the role of women in fortification supply chains.