Fortifying our Future: Regional summit for improving the health of women and children through flour fortification


03 April 2017 - 04 April 2017


Location: Rixos Hotel , Almaty, Kazakhstan

Region: Europe


This event will advocate for policy makers to take the next step toward establishing and/or enforcing mandatory wheat flour fortification in their countries. To achieve this objective, the event will use a variety of presentation methods to:

  • Share achievements, challenges and lessons learned.
  • Review evidence-informed guidelines for a regional standard.
  • Help countries align on the way forward.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. He will address the economic benefits of food fortification.

Who is Expected

While flour fortification requires support from leaders in various sectors, this workshop is designed for high-level policy makers from the selected countries. Other events in the region are underway or being planned for technical training.

The priority countries for this summit are Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan; participants are also invited from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Mongolia.

Contact Information

Sarah Zimmerman



The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has been working in Central Asia on food fortification efforts in Central Asia since early 2013. The National Commission on Women's Affairs and Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is joining GAIN and USAID as event organizers.

Co-organizers include:

  • Copenhagen Consensus
  • Food Fortification Initiative
  • International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
  • Micronutrient Initiative
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • World Food Programme