Gambia: National Alliance for Food Fortification Commences Its Mid-Term Review

The National Alliance for Food Fortification (NAFF) on Thursday 19th November, 2020, converged with partners to discuss and review a sustainable regulatory mechanism for food fortification in The Gambia.

The Alliance, which is an agency that serves as an accountability mechanism for all food fortification interventions in The Gambia, was established on 7th November 2018.

NAFF was also created to ensure an enabling environment for full compliance with food fortification and bio-fortification standards in The Gambia.

During the review exercise held at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA), the participants came up the proposal for them to meet frequently to discuss important emerging issues pertaining to compliance, promotion, distribution and consumption of fortified foods.

They also want to implement strategies that will permanently eliminate micronutrient in the country.

NAFF, also a multi-sectorial public private sector collaborative team was coordinating the review exercise with NaNA in collaboration with Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Government of The Gambia.

Speaking at the meeting, Modou Cheyassin Phall, NaNA Executive Director who doubles as National Alliance for Food Fortification Coordinator, said food fortification cannot be diverted from bio-fortification, noting that these are the two programs trying to address the issue of micronutrients deficiencies in the country.

Director Phall thanked FAO for bringing the Food Fortification project in the country, as well as thanked partners such as Food Safely and Quality Authority (FSQA) and The Gambia Standard Bureau for regulating foods entering the country.