Plan for Flour and Rice Fortification
Our first recommendation to any country considering fortification is to form a national alliance. Seek participation and commitment from national leaders representing public, private, and civic sectors. Involving all sectors early prevents overlooking key information. It also builds commitment from each group to work toward success.
Among the topics to consider when planning are:
Nutrition: Analyze data on nutrition deficiencies and determine which deficiencies can be addressed with fortification.
Intake: Consider the commonly consumed foods and clarify which foods to fortify to create the desired health impact.
Industry: Determine the number of large mills in your country and what equipment and training they need to begin and sustain fortification.
Standards: Establish a country standard to specify what nutrients to add to the grain and how much of each nutrient to include.
Legislation: Create legislation to lead to country-wide coverage.
Communications: Think strategically about how to influence key decision makers to gain support.
As part of planning, indicators may be developed to track the progress and impact of fortification. The World Health Organization has a list of indicators that may be helpful.
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