Nigeria: Experts Advocate Food Fortification to Stem Malnutrition

Experts in food, nutrition and health, have identified micronutients fortification of commonly consumed foods as the key to ending malnutrition.

In a National Fortification Dialogue to discuss viable options to scaling up nutrition through food fortification held in Abuja as part of the United Nations Food Systems Summit, (UNFSS), the experts said micronutrients fortification was a major strategy against malnutrition and can create a huge breakthrough in healthy living.

Country Director of of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, (GAIN), and convener of the meeting, Mr. Michael Ojo, noted that the development and advent of food fortification was a major game changer in food based innovations.

He explained that the lack of micronutrients in the body was a major health risk and that was why it was often referred to as the ‘hidden hunger.’

“GAIN is driven by a vision of a world without malnutrition hence we look forward to undergoing an inclusive contribution to this cause.

“We work in Nigeria to deliver support among vulnerable groups and children under the age five and we hope to change the narrative on micronutrients deficiency,” he said.

Senior Programmes Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Victor Ajieroh, said raising awareness about food fortification has gradually becoming part of a global movement

He said “after the successes recorded in salt iodization and sugar vitamin A fortification programmes, it is time to broaden the scope inculcating micronutrients in our foods to stem the tide of malnutrition due to lack of micronutrients.”