January 19, 2016

19/01/2016: Hidden hunger: Reflecting on the first-ever summit on food fortification and hidden hunger

by Greg S Garrett, Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

First published in Milling and Grain, October 2015

Three weeks ago we closed the groundbreaking Global Summit on Food Fortification in Arusha, Tanzania. The momentum from this event is creating the environment needed to ensure the world’s most cost-effective development solution is scaled-up throughout Africa and Asia to help end hidden hunger.

The Summit was formally opened by Africa Union Nutrition Champion, King Letsie III of Lesotho as well as the Prime Minister of Tanzania. Two different African Union Commissioners gave plenary speeches and President Kikwete of Tanzania paid a visit to the Summit organising team on the final day. Over a dozen ministers of health and industry from low-and middle-income countries attended among the 29 government delegations. These delegations made various commitments to scale up fortification with essential vitamins and minerals in order to better address hidden hunger, representing well over a billion additional at-risk individuals in their respective countries who can benefit from these renewed efforts.

Dr Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation stated on day two: “After a decade long investment and food fortification being such a well proven, tested, method – why has it taken us so long to hold this very important conference?”

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.

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