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Mar 26, 2012

Mozambique Launches National Food Fortification Program, Teams with GAIN and WFP

On 15 March 2012 the government of Mozambique launched a new Food Fortification Program. This program will be administered in partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The mission of the program is to address chronic malnutrition, which impacts approximately 44% of all children under the age of five. Other groups that will be targeted for aid are pregnant and breast-feeding women and people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  

Launch of the National Committee for Food 
Fortification in Mozambique. Nazira Vali Abdula, 
Vice-Minister of Health; Ruari de Burca, 
Irish Ambassador in Mozambique; 
Dora Panagides, Manager of the Food Fortification 
Program for the GAIN; and Armando Inroga, 
Minister of Industry and Trade. 
Photo: Emory University, 
Rollins School of Public Health 
This new program will be funded by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), which was created in 2002 at a Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Children. GAIN is a a Swiss foundation headquartered in Geneva with a special international status granted by the Swiss government. It supports public-private partnerships and its mission is to support access to foods that provide “the missing nutrients in diets necessary for people, communities and economies to be stronger and healthier.”

According to the WFP and government of Mozambique, malnutrition is directly related to economic hardships. By their estimates, “deficiencies in iron, vitamin A and iodine cost the country more than US$ 119 million; around 1.2 % of the country’s GDP” annually. Approximately 44% of children under age five suffer from chronic malnutrition. One result of this is high growth stunting and long-term physical underdevelopment.

WFP is assisting with the establishment of a food voucher program for people with HIV/AIDS. It is also working to coordinate fortification of food, which requires establishing links between local food producers and food processors. Fortified products include wheat flour, corn and oil.

For more see:

Scott, Naomi. “Fortifying Fight Against Malnutrition in Mozambique,” WFP Press Release, 26 March 2012.

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