180K

METRIC TONNES OF DOUBLE-FORTIFIED SALT DISTRIBUTED THROUGH SSNPS IN 2019

15

DISTRICTS DELIVERING FORTIFIED RICE THROUGH THE PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

9M

ADDITIONAL PEOPLE REACHED WITH FORTIFIED RICE AND DOUBLE-FORTIFIED SALT THROUGH THE PROJECT

The opportunity

India’s public distribution system is the largest in the world.

Despite some progress in addressing malnutrition, India faces a high burden of anaemia, with more than half of women of reproductive age affected. According to the 2020 Global Nutrition Report, 34% of children under five are stunted and 17% are wasted, higher than the regional average. Malnutrition can prevent brains from developing fully, bodies from growing properly, immune systems from working effectively, and can lead to an increased, lifelong risk of disease and disability.

India’s public distribution system reaches 813.5 million people. Along with the country’s other social safety net programs, these platforms present a promising delivery mechanism to provide food and nutrition to under-served populations with increased nutritional needs, particularly women and children.

Our solution

Leveraging India’s social safety net programs to reach millions of people with improved nutrition.

Folate/Folic Acid

Folate/Folic Acid

Iodine

Iodine

Iron

Iron

Vitamin A

Vitamin A

We will provide guidance and technical advice, and generate evidence to support governments in improving and scaling up the inclusion of double-fortified salt (DFS) and rice fortification programs within their SSNPs.

Through this project we will:

  • Develop the evidence-base and plans, and support consensus-building to initiate large-scale food fortification of staple foods (rice, double-fortified salt and oil), with related work at the national level through technical assistance to operationalize rice fortification pilots already endorsed by the Government of India.
  • Support the state governments of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat with their large-scale food fortification programs – rice and DFS – and ensure they scale successfully.
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders at national and state levels to develop a pilot program design for diversification of the universal food basket through SSNPs.

Successful implementation will serve as a model for other state governments to introduce fortified foods into their own social safety net programs.

The impact

Reaching more people with critical micronutrients

Through this project, we will provide guidance and technical advice, and generate evidence to support the governments of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to improve and scale up the use of double-fortified salt and rice fortification programs within their SSNPs. Success will serve as a guide for other states to introduce fortified food into their own distribution programs, ensuring more people will have access to the nutrition they need.

180K

METRIC TONNES OF DOUBLE-FORTIFIED SALT DISTRIBUTED THROUGH SSNPS IN 2019

15

DISTRICTS DELIVERING FORTIFIED RICE THROUGH THE PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

9M

ADDITIONAL PEOPLE REACHED WITH FORTIFIED RICE AND DOUBLE-FORTIFIED SALT THROUGH THE PROJECT