Using digital technologies in food fortification for improved nutrition outcomes
The WHO Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, Unit of Multisectoral Action in Food Systems, in collaboration with Nutrition International, is hosting a technical meeting on September 19-20 with the overall objective of understanding the potential for digital technologies to strengthen food system interventions for food fortification for improved nutrition outcomes.
Posted on September 15, 2022
WHO and Nutrition International published a joint call for papers in December of 2021 to explore in depth this topic. As a follow-up, a technical meeting is now being co-convened to review and critically assess global programmatic evidence and implementation experiences to inform how to best use digital technologies for food fortification to improve nutrition outcomes. Lead authors (of review papers) and presenters have been invited (either in person or virtually) to present their work and experiences. WHO and Nutrition International plan to publish a technical supplement with the commissioned papers and meeting proceedings.
While there is little literature available detailing how digital technologies can be leveraged across food-system nutrition interventions to improve nutritional outcomes, it is evident that its integration is increasing worldwide as it can improve effectiveness and efficiency across the entire fortification supply chain.
Key findings and lessons from the scientific reviews and program experience, and critical discussions from the technical meeting will be included in the technical report and published in a special supplement.
This collaboration will help us to identify lessons, gaps and action points related to the use of digital technologies for food fortification, outline the future of digital technologies in the realm of food fortification and improve global policy and programming in this area.