Second Global Summit on Food Fortification Launch Event

Nov. 6 2020

13.00 – 15.30 CET
part of MNF CONNECTED conference


The purpose of the Second Global Summit on Food Fortification Launch Event is to mobilize high-level political will to pursue the unfinished agenda on large scale fortification and biofortification and to demonstrate high-level attention and commitment to the fortification agenda across sectors and stakeholders.

The high-level launch event will:

  • Highlight for a large global audience the significant untapped potential of large-scale fortification and biofortification and the urgency of closing this gap to combat rising malnutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond;
  • Celebrate Progress – focusing on salt iodization as an inspiring global success story with lessons relevant to the fortification unfinished agenda and India as a country that has made significant progress in the 5 years since the first global summit on food fortification in 2015;
  • Present the fortification Unfinished Agenda, including key barriers that must be tackled and promising solutions that should be pursued to ensure that large-scale and biofortification maximize their impact;
  • Promote the Food Systems Summit and N4G as key opportunities to mobilize support for food fortification;
  • Celebrate national progress, and identify key challenges and actions to address them;
  • Call on global and national leaders to do more to accelerate progress on large scale and biofortification.

*The Summit Series takes place predominantly online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A single event was originally planned to take place in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2020.


The Second Global Summit on Food Fortification Virtual Series* is co-hosted by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Micronutrient Forum and HarvestPlus

GAIN Health
Harvest plus
Micronutrient forum

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Nov. 6, 2020 13.00 – 15.30 CET (part of MNF CONNECTED conference)


Opening keynote: Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF

5 minute film of Chef Deepanker Khosla touring a fortified rice kernel factory & cooking with fortified rice.

Fortification: A Food System Game Changer Hiding in Plain Sight? 

Andreas Bluethner
Director of Nutrition, BMGF
Agnes Kalibata
Special Envoy, UN Food Systems Summit
Ms. Inoshi Sharma
Director, Food Fortification Resource Center, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
Valerie Guarnieri
Assistant Executive Director for Programme and Policy Development, World Food Programme
Carla Montesi
Director DEVCO C, Planet and Prosperity
Martin Fregene
Director, Department of Agriculture and Agro-Industry, African Development Bank
Axton Salim
Director of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, Global Co-Chair of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Advisory Group
Arun Baral
CEO HarvestPlus

Intermediary Session: Pursuing the Fortification Unfinished Agenda - Opportunities and Innovations 

Saskia Osendarp
Executive Director, Micronutrient Forum
Penjani Mkambula
Global Programme Lead, Large Scale Food Fortification, GAIN
Ekin Birol
Director of Impact and Strategy, HarvestPlus
Alok Ranjan
Nutrition Regional Lead, BMGF

Responses and Discussion: A Resilient Food System for a time of Crisis – the Role of Fortification 

Shawn Baker
Chief Nutritionist, USAID
Mr Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun
MP, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Industries, People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Josefa Leonel Correa Sacko
AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
Dr Ahmadou Lamin Samateh
Minister of Health, The Gambia
Carlos Mesquita
Minister of Industry and Trade, Mozambique
Dr Prem Kumar
Minister of Agriculture, Bihar State, India
Dr Osagie Ehanire
Minister of Health, Nigeria
Dr. Ir. Arifin Rudiyanto
Deputy of Development Planning (Bappenas), Indonesia
Dr Mercy Mwangangi
Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Health, Kenya

Call to action on the Fortification Unfinished Agenda

Lawrence Haddad
Executive Director, GAIN



Build consensus around the most important actions that should be pursued


Explore complementarities between industrial fortification and biofortification


Provide a basis for new fortification commitments


Agnes Kalibata
Second Global Summit on Food Fortification Launch Event
Shawn K. Baker
Ekin Birol
Carla Montesi
Axton Salim
Martin Fregene
Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire
Dr Prem Kumar
Dr. Ir. Arifin Rudiyanto, M.Sc
Lawrence Haddad
COVID-19 has revealed many fundamental challenges in our food systems, limiting access to fresh foods and the essential vitamins and minerals that we all need to survive, thrive and be strong amidst the constant threat of disease. This Summit Series is our opportunity to elevate the urgency of the unfinished agenda and harness the potential of food fortification for a sustainable, food secure and well-nourished future for all.

@Lawrence Haddad



The Second Global Summit on Food Fortification Summit Series* high-level launch is made possible thanks to the generous support from


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