Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Asia

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16 September 2014 - 19 September 2014


Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Region: Asia


Adding essential vitamins and minerals to rice could be a cost-effective way to address micronutrient deficiencies in Asia. Rice is the staple food for 3 billion people in the world – most of them in Asia. Rice fortification is an ideal platform to help people get the micronutrients they need, without having to change their eating habits.

This conference hosted discussions about the latest evidence on the effectiveness of rice fortification, best practices from countries where rice is already being fortified, and the latest developments in technologies and policies. A final report is being drafted for a future supplement of Sight and Life. In the meantime, see the presentations below for more information. Also see answers to frequently asked questions about rice fortification.

Nearly 200 representatives attended from countries which are planning or already working to introduce the distribution of fortified rice. Countries represented included Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Participants included government and private sector representatives, as well as experts in nutrition, public health, food technology and development issues, donors to development and humanitarian activities, and representatives from the private sector, such as rice traders and millers, to provide information about the commercial viability of rice fortification.

See the report of the meeting in this publication from Sight and Life and the World Food Programme.

Contact Information

Karen Codling



  • Food Fortification Initiative (FFI)
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Micronutrient Initiative (MI)
  • PATH
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

See a commentary about how well the partners worked together.

Also note that the presentations linked below were made on behalf of the organizing committee.