2015 Year in Review

23 March 2016

In 2015 we made great progress in documenting the success of using flour fortification to reduce the prevalence of nutritional anemia in real-world settings. This work is highlighted in our annual report: Defeating Anemia, 2015 Year in Review.

In 2015 we did not research whether adding folic acid to grains prevents neural tube defects because that is already established.

Some statistics from 2015 are below. Download the full report to see how we calculate the amount of each grain that is fortified and other details of the figures below.

  • 28.1% of the world's industrially milled wheat flour is fortified with at least iron and/or folic acid
  • 58% of the world's industrially milled maize flour is fortified with at least iron and/or folic acid
  • 0.8% of the world's industrially milled rice is fortified with at least iron and/or folic acid
  • 78% of countries with mandatory wheat flour fortification programs have rules and operating procedures for external monitoring
  • 3 new videos are available for advocacy

2015 Year in Review