Significant progress has been made in fortifying Nigerian staple foods with micronutrients, critical for improving the population’s health and nutrition, according to data presented at the 2nd Annual Nigeria Food Processing and Leadership Forum. The meeting, chaired by Alhaji Aliko Dangote with Bill Gates participating by video conference, was convened by the CEOs of Nigeria’s leading food processing companies, alongside government and international development leaders, to review 18 months of progress since the inaugural forum in July 2018.
According to data presented by the international non-governmental organization, TechnoServe, a number of companies have significantly improved their compliance with food fortification standards since commitments they made at last year’s forum. Among six of the leading producers of staple foods in Nigeria, the proportion of adequately fortified wheat flour increased from 58 percent to 74 percent; fortified edible oil increased from 63 percent to 75 percent; fortified sugar increased from 32 percent to 84 percent; and salt iodization levels are maintained at nearly 100 percent. Together, these producers account for 90 percent or more of the production volume of these foods -except for edible oil, for which they represent closer to 40 percent of the production volume. Agribusiness