|Smarter Futures is a project which provides technical support and training for flour millers, government food control staff, and other stakeholders in Africa with regard to fortification of wheat and maize flour with vitamins and minerals. Adding vitamins and minerals to flour is economically viable and cost effective. Improving the nutritional value of people’s diets through fortification of flour will improve people’s health and well-being and lead to smarter futures.
The partners involved are the Flour Fortification Initiative, AkzoNobel, Helen Keller International, and the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF), with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. They all work toward preventing problems caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies, such as neural tube birth defects, impaired learning capacity and decreased productivity.
Flour fortification is one strategy for addressing such deficiencies because it delivers essential nutrients through staple foods. It does not require consumers to change their eating or buying habits.