A United Call to Action
The development of this report was coordinated through an Interagency Steering Committee including high-level participation from the following agencies:
Flour Fortification Initiative (FFI)
FFI is a network of individuals and organizations working together to make flour fortification standard practice worldwide. FFI serves as a catalyst for local partnerships which encourage flour fortification. FFI also provides advocacy materials and training and technical resources.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
GAIN fights malnutrition to make people and economies healthier and more productive. GAIN stimulates public-private partnerships and provides financial and technical support to get fortified food and supplements to those most at risk of malnutrition.
Micronutrient Initiative (MI)
The Micronutrient Initiative is an Ottawa-based, international not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that the world's most vulnerable - especially women and children - in developing countries get the vitamins and minerals they need to survive and thrive, through supplementation and food fortification programs. Its mission is to develop, implement and monitor innovative, cost effective and sustainable solutions for hidden hunger, in partnership with others.
The United Nations Children's Fund – UNICEF
The United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF - works for children's rights, their survival, development and protection, guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID is the official federal agency within the U.S. government by which development assistance is provided to other countries. USAID’s long-range economic and social development assistance efforts focus on economic growth, agriculture and trade, health, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. Nutrition programmes have been a critical component of USAID’s foreign assistance for over 40 years.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Together these two institutions provide low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and environmental and natural resource management.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that acts as a coordinating authority on international public health. WHO was established in 1948 and the headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland. The Department of Nutrition for Health and Development coordinates nutrition efforts in WHO focusing in four strategic areas covering 1) the development and operationalization of integrated food and nutrition policies; 2) intelligence of needs and response; 3) the development of evidence-based programme guidance and 4) the rationale for investment and action in health and nutrition.
The development and production of this report was funded by the Micronutrient Initiative, with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
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