Fortified Rice – A Genuine Game-Changer?
It’s Asia’s staple food, and is eaten regularly by about two billion people – nearly one in every three people on the planet. Despite its almost universal appeal, rice does not deliver the full package of micronutrients needed by young children in particular in the early years of life. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) has several decades of experience delivering food assistance into conflict zones and to victims of major natural disasters, but addressing hidden hunger is a different challenge altogether. (..) Robust public-private partnerships will be crucial for sustainable and effective rice fortification programmes – 12 million people have already benefited from WFP’s partnership with DSM, and the plan is to grow the partnership further. Fortified rice is likely to be at the heart of this expansion.