Fortifying Wheat Flour and Vegetable Oil in Senegal

Nutrition context / project objective

The gap in vitamin A and iron intake in Senegal reveals a severe public health burden: 46% of women of reproductive age suffered from anemia, and 45% and 28% had ir on deficiency and iron deficiency anemia.

In response, Senegal has established a 5-year project to reach 9.3 million pe ople, including 3.2 million in high-risk gr oups, with vitamin A fortified vegetable oil and iron- and folic acid-fortified wheat flour.

Project scope and partner roles

Several actors have contributed to strengthening the national fortification programme, providing technical assistance as well as support for quality assurance and monitoring. GAIN also supports the production, monitoring and quality control, and demand creation of Senegal’s food fortification program.

Both government and industry have demonstrated continued commitment to the fortification programme. Industry continues to pay for and procure the necessary, quality inputs and to engage in the national fortification alliance. Senegal’s government passed mandatory legislation and has continued to refine the standards for fortification.

Impact

The results indicate that large-scale food fortification is contributing positively to intake and likely to be reducing deficiency in Senegal: fortifiable flour reaches 85% of WRA, and fortifiable oil almost 73%. Furthermore, these fortified commodities benefit a broad cross-section of the population, with over 50% of both rural and poor women consuming at least 10% of their daily requirements of iron and vitamin A from fortified flour and oil, respectively.

Fortifying Wheat Flour and Vegetable Oil in Senegal

Nutrition context / project objective

The gap in vitamin A and iron intake in Senegal reveals a severe public health burden: 46% of women of reproductive age suffered from anemia, and 45% and 28% had ir on deficiency and iron deficiency anemia.

In response, Senegal has established a 5-year project to reach 9.3 million pe ople, including 3.2 million in high-risk gr oups, with vitamin A fortified vegetable oil and iron- and folic acid-fortified wheat flour.

Project scope and partner roles

Several actors have contributed to strengthening the national fortification programme, providing technical assistance as well as support for quality assurance and monitoring. GAIN also supports the production, monitoring and quality control, and demand creation of Senegal’s food fortification program.

Both government and industry have demonstrated continued commitment to the fortification programme. Industry continues to pay for and procure the necessary, quality inputs and to engage in the national fortification alliance. Senegal’s government passed mandatory legislation and has continued to refine the standards for fortification.

Impact

The results indicate that large-scale food fortification is contributing positively to intake and likely to be reducing deficiency in Senegal: fortifiable flour reaches 85% of WRA, and fortifiable oil almost 73%. Furthermore, these fortified commodities benefit a broad cross-section of the population, with over 50% of both rural and poor women consuming at least 10% of their daily requirements of iron and vitamin A from fortified flour and oil, respectively.

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