Food Fortification Database to Catalyse Compliance

Dr. Florence Kyalo addresses the Millers during the training

In 2012, Kenya passed the food fortification legislation, making it mandatory for millers and processors of all packaged maize flour, wheat flour, and edible fats/oils to add specific vitamins and minerals to their products. However, just about 40 percent of the millers and processors have implemented this requirement.

To ensure further compliance with the food fortification legislation requirements and address micronutrient deficiencies, JKUAT in collaboration with Nutrition International and the Ministry of Health has been working to revive the food fortification database since 2020.

The three organizations have been training and sensitizing 50 millers on the importance of updating the food fortification database with the latest training held, October 18, 2022.

The trained millers will start uploading their data to the database starting November 2022. The data will be crucial for the government through the Ministry of Health to monitor fortification by the industry for programming and decision-making.

“The data will also be uploaded into the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) which will provide all the data necessary to track global progress on food fortification to enable decision-makers to use data to improve the quality of national fortification programs,” said Dr. Florence Kyalo, JKUAT-EU Funded Food Fortification, Stream leader in charge of Nutrition Education and Awareness Creation.

The database is an automated Information management repository, which is managed by the Ministry of Health, through Division of Nutrition and Dietetics.

According to the JKUAT-EU Funded Food Fortification Project Coordinator, Prof. Daniel Sila, the databank provides an interactive platform between the Ministry of Health and its stakeholders and also enables the government to monitor the performance of the food fortification program.

A cross-section of the millers during the training

“The key stakeholders who report in the database are industries, premix suppliers and regulators. Each of these stakeholders will register with the Ministry of Health who then issue them access rights to the database. The rights are limited to access and updating of relevant information,” explained Prof. Sila.

Other stakeholders can also access the dashboard which provides statistical summary of the performance of the fortification program without revealing the source of the raw information.

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