New Food Fortification Project Aims to Tackle Hidden Hunger in Haiti

GAIN and Partners of America announce the launch of RANFOSE (Ranfòse Abitid Nitrisyon pou Fè Ogmante Sante), a four-year project designed to address micronutrient deficiencies in Haiti.

Hidden hunger – when people lack essential vitamins and minerals in their diets to live healthy and active lives – remains a significant public health challenge in Haiti. With two and a half million people living in extreme poverty, Haiti is the poorest country in the northern hemisphere. Women and young children living in poor households are those most severely affected by the negative consequences of micronutrient deficiencies – an estimated one-third of Haitian women and children suffer from iron deficiency anaemia.

RANFOSE directly contributes to the Government of Haiti-led efforts to improve the nutrition, health, and food security, per the Government of Haiti’s Nutrition Strategic Plan 2013-2018. In a recently released study financed by the Canadian Embassy, the Copenhagen Consensus Center identified food fortification, specifically wheat flour with iron, as one of the most efficient investments in Haiti’s development.

The USD 4 million project, funded by USAID, aims to increase the availability of high-quality, fortified staple foods across the country and expand the local production and importation of fortified foods. More specifically, RANFOSE will focus on fortifying wheat flour with iron and folic acid, vegetable oils with vitamin A, and salt with iodine. GAIN and Partners will use a multipronged, participatory approach to bring together key stakeholders in the public and private sector to stimulate a sustainable national program for fortified staple foods.

Watch the video of the launch event

For more information, read the press release by the US Embassy in Haiti (French)

Learn more about GAIN’s Food Fortification work

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Published on 18 August 2017