GAIN and USAID hosted a workshop for policymakers, flour industries, and other key players in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to showcase the high returns on investing in wheat flour fortification.Fortifying wheat flour with iron and folic acid is a proven intervention to tackle micronutrient malnutrition, which represent a significant challenge in Tajikistan. It is estimated that 24 percent of women of reproductive age and 29 percent of children under five suffer from anemia due to iron deficiency. High levels of anemia negatively impact economic productivity in adults and reduce learning potential in children.
The purpose of the workshop was to determine if flour fortification is a cost effective measure to address iron and folic acid deficiencies in Tajikistan. Workshop participants had the opportunity to complete a Cost Benefit Analysis to calculate the economic “cost of doing nothing” to address micronutrient deficiencies in the country vs. the cost of investing in wheat flour fortification.