Implementing a large-scale food fortification program in Pakistan to fortify wheat flour and edible oil with micronutrients in collaboration with Mott MacDonald.
The lingering effects of the pandemic, lost livelihoods and high inflation have only exacerbated challenges for people – especially those in the most vulnerable situations – to access quality nutritious foods. Pakistan’s 2018 National Nutrition Survey found that more than half of children suffered from vitamin A deficiency, one in eight adolescent girls were underweight and nearly 57% were anaemic.
Women and adolescent girls already faced steeper barriers to fulfilling their dietary requirements due to social and cultural norms impacting their ability to make decisions, control of resources and lack of knowledge.
Oil fortification has been mandatory in the country since 1965 but was only partially implemented with little government oversight. Nutrition International recently provided technical assistance to strengthen the quality assurance and quality control capacity of government authorities and industry. Mandatory wheat flour fortification laws are slowly being introduced in provinces around the country.