Gates: Promoting the invisible intervention

Devex Impact Associate Editor Adva Saldinger interviews the Gates Foundation’s Director of Nutrition Shawn Baker at the 2015 European Development Days.

Food fortification is an invisible intervention — both literally and often in the way it is viewed by the public and both national and global decision-makers.

Nutrition goes well beyond the image of the desperate malnourished child to micronutrient deficiencies that can have a variety health and developmental impacts. Tackling them requires food fortification, but as an invisible intervention it can be hard to get the attention necessary.

But there are several key steps that can be taken to help elevate the profile of food fortification and help better address micronutrient deficiencies, Shawn Baker, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s director of nutrition, said in an interview at the 2015 European Development Days event earlier this month. The Gates Foundation pledged $776 million to tackle malnutrition at the event and has recently been working to catalyze action around the issue.

To find out Baker’s recommendations for tackling the challenge watch this video.

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About the author

  • Adva Saldinger

    Adva Saldinger is an Associate Editor at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.