Rice Fortification - An Opportunity To Improve Nutrition in West Africa


27 November 2017 - 28 November 2017


Region: Africa


This meeting will expand upon an analysis of the possibilities for rice fortification to improve nutrition in Africa. Rice is a staple food in 19 countries in Africa, but it is mostly milled in small, local operations where fortification is not feasible. Yet in 12 countries, fortification of imported rice and domestically milled milled rice has the potential to reach 146 million people. This meeting is intended to help partners develop a strategy for scaling up rice fortification.

The objectives are to:

  1. Share latest global evidence onthe impact of fortification on the nutritional status
  2. Share operational experience on rice fortification in West Africa and from other regions
  3. Ensure an understanding of current rice fortification technology and delivery models
  4. Discuss opportunities and challenges of rice fortification in West Africa
  5. Determine information needs to further rice fortification efforts in West Africa

Who is Expected

Representatives from the following countries will be invited: Benin, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Mali. Meeting participants will also include global and regional technical partners, private sector representatives, and global and regional donors.


The workshop will be conducted in an interactive and participatory manner. The program will include sessions on scientific evidence, program experiences, delivery options and operational issues. Partners working on rice fortification will share their experiences. Country representatives will share priorities in their countries with respect to addressing vitamin and mineral deficiencies,including any safety net programs.

Contact Information

Scott Montgomery



Ronald Afidra


Sarah Zimmerman




Co-organizers are the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Helen Keller International (HKI), Nutrition International, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme (WFP).