Large-scale food fortification is an essential action to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in Africa. To unlock the full potential of fortification, the private sector needs broader partnerships to foster investments in food processing technology and infrastructure, as well as to drive consumer education, says managing director of Crown Flour Mills (CFM) Limited, an Olam Group Company, Nigeria, Ashish Pande.
Pande, who during a virtual meeting organised by the government of Côte d’Ivoire and the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), through the regional centre of excellence against hunger and malnutrition (CERFAM), reaffirms that CFM enjoins global efforts to curb malnutrition in Africa.
With theme: “Food fortification: dietary approach to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in Africa” the virtual meeting brought together representatives from governments, regional and sub-regional organisations, the African Union, development partners, control and regulatory agencies, the private sector, academia, civil society organisations, food system experts and key players working in the field of nutrition in Africa.
According to Pande, the aim is to collate and propose actionable interventions to government and other key stakeholders to support the efforts of African countries to eliminate malnutrition from the continent.
Speaking on the roles of technological and financial partners in deepening the food fortification efforts in Africa, Pande said, “acquiring the right food processing technology infrastructure as well as communicating and educating the importance of micronutrients and a healthy diet to key value chain players and especially, consumers will fast track the food fortification agenda on sub-regional and regional levels in Africa. Daily Times, Pg. 5.