USAID’s AFFORD project will work with the private sector and other stakeholders to improve nutrition, health and economic growth by supporting large-scale food fortification.
In Indonesia, anaemia rates are high across all population groups. Nearly half of pregnant women, 32% of adolescents and 39% of children under five are anaemic. Rice consumption is high across the country but, because most rice is milled by small-scale millers, mandatory market-based fortification is a challenge. Instead, the Government of Indonesia is looking to introduce fortified rice through its social safety net programs, primarily the SEMBAKO program, and make it available to all program beneficiaries by 2024.
At the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit, large-scale food fortification was presented as a game-changer, with the potential to benefit nearly half of the world’s population. Currently, more than 140 countries mandate at least one form of food fortification, indicating widespread support for the program.