100&Change: 2021

Nutrition International

Impacting Generations: The Transformative Power of Large-Scale Food Fortification

We will permanently prevent a substantial proportion of the global prevalence of anemia and birth defects through sustainable large-scale food fortification programs in high-burden countries.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Food security
Current Work Location(s):
  • National Capital Region, Philippines
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Islāmābād Capital Territory, Pakistan
  • Dhaka Division, Bangladesh
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia
  • National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
  • Ādīs Ābeba Āstedader, Ethiopia
Priority Population(s):
  • Children and youth
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 2. Zero hunger
  • 3. Good health and well-being

Executive Summary

What if one simple intervention could have a transformative impact on future generations, significantly reducing the global incidence of two of the most widespread and devastating micronutrient deficiencies? Food fortification has this power. Simply adding iron and folic acid to wheat flour and rice significantly reduces cases of anemia and birth defects like spina bifida/anencephaly which force billions of vulnerable people to the sidelines, and are holding the world back from achieving global targets. It’s cost-effective and proven. Yet it’s not currently happening where it’s needed most. We propose to support countries with the highest burden of anemia and birth defects to implement large-scale food fortification, which will significantly cut global prevalence of spina bifida, and of anemia. We will reach 700 million people, preventing over 150,000 cases of spina bifida and over 50 million cases of anemia. By 2030, we will improve the lives of 2.2 billion people.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Nutrition International

website: https://www.nutritionintl.org
Organization Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Organization ID
80309 3210 RR0001
Annual Operating Budget
$100 to $199 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
100 to 299

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COVID-19 Response

Nutrition International acknowledges stalled progress on implementing and monitoring its work, as well as compromised regulatory health standards and potential funding gaps as funders pivot to emergency relief efforts. COVID-19 is an unprecedented global health crisis, and close on its heels is an even more devastating crisis, one of malnutrition. These twin shocks will affect people living in vulnerable conditions the most, specifically women, children, and people with disabilities. Nutrition International is prioritizing social protection programming, including fortifying foods with key micronutrients, to ensure that everyone can access proper nutrition.