The buzz from the #FutureFortified Global Summit in Tanzania

By Jacques Jimeno 14 September 2015

Delegates left the #FutureFortified Global Summit determined to help boost interest, awareness and investment in food fortification. Devex associate editor Richard Jones delivers the highlights from Arusha, Tanzania.

How can the world solve the problem of hidden hunger that’s currently affecting 2 billion people?

Representatives from government, the academe, civil society and the private sector converged on Arusha, Tanzania, for the #FutureFortified Global Summit, where they discussed ways to improve food fortification, an inexpensive way to introduce micronutrients in staples like rice, salt, milk, cereals and cooking oil.

Devex associate editor Richard Jones talked to Marc van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, who observed how coverage of salt iodization — the first large-scale fortification program — has been very uneven.

“I think one of the big focuses of this meeting is really to take stock of the latest data — what does it tell us about fortification? When is it best used? What is the kind of impact we can expect?” he said.

In the clip above, Chris Elias, president of global development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the overarching implications of food fortification on the global development. Bjørn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, meanwhile talks about how best to invest in nutrition.

Future Fortified is a special online series exploring the impact and importance of food fortification to meet global development objectives. Join Devex — and our partner GAIN — in the conversation using #FutureFortified.

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Jacques Jimeno

Jacques is a copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is currently taking his master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.


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