Published: Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Basing on the DHS 2015 revealing that chronic under nutrition and micronutrient deficiency are still the major issues in Rwanda with prevalence of stunting and anemia in children under five estimated at 38%and 37% respectively, SNV launched the Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) program focusing on Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) with an emphasis on food security and Nutrition Sensitive Value Chains. Increased accessibility and use of fortified crops or products is among the key issues to address under Food and Nutrition security.

Despite the contribution of agro-processing industries in Rwanda on food security, economic development and poverty reduction, and the need to expand a few export crops base such as tea and coffee; the majority of agricultural products are consumed after minimal forms of processing that are performed entirely within the agricultural sector. Fortification strategies such as the provision of multiple micronutrient supplements or the production of fortified or bio-fortified foods may be effective in increasing intake of micronutrients and in turn, reducing micronutrient deficiencies.

Food Fortification should be easily accessed by all

A call for action is made to the following:

Governments

  • Allocate more domestic funds
  • Enforce legislation and standards
  • Strengthen capacities
  • Share knowledge and create awareness

Food industries

  • Comply with fortification legislation
  • Increase their investments
  • Participate in sharing information

Development partners

  • Increase their investment
  • Support regulatory& public health monitoring
  • Generate evidence to guide program

Citizens

  • Demand fortified foods
  • diversify their diets
  • Participate in fortification forums

 

 

 

 

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