The first Global Summit on Food Fortification was held in Arusha, Tanzania, September 9-11, 2015 as part of international efforts to reinvigorate interest, investment, and awareness in food fortification and its role and potential in addressing micronutrient deficiencies. The Government of Tanzania, which co-hosted the event with GAIN, has recognized that nutrition is a serious concern and a vital component to further the country’s economic success and to help lift its population out of poverty. This concern is demonstrated by an updated national nutrition policy and the incorporation of the nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) approach into its National HIV Care, Treatment, and Support Programme, both of which have been supported by FANTA in coordination with the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC).
FANTA was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Summit that brought together experts from across a range of disciplines and include governments, academics, technical supporters, donors, and beneficiaries. More than 450 attendees representing 57 countries attended, including 29 country delegations. At the end of the 3-day conference, The Arusha Statement on Food Fortification was released and outlines critical areas for action that were highlighted during the Summit. The statement is available for download below.
More information about the Summit can be found at http://www.gainhealth.org/events/future-fortified/.