Towards Strengthening Food Fortification in Kenya

Prof. Sila takes the EU delegation through the food fortification lab

Since its inception, April 2017, the Food Fortification project, implemented by JKUAT and the Ministry of Health with the support of the European Union (EU) has been at the forefront in strengthening the Kenya government initiatives to fortify maize flour. This comes in the backdrop where the government has been urged to fast track fortification of maize flour in the country to save vulnerable groups from malnutrition.

According to the Project Manager, Prof. Daniel Sila, the Project, titled Strengthening the Kenya National Food Fortification Programme, is aimed at improving the health and nutritional status of poor and vulnerable groups’ and it is anticipated that food fortification will become part of the routine milling process for all maize millers in Kenya.

While paying a courtesy call on the JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, December 10, 2020, the EU Delegation to Kenya Head of Section, Agriculture, Job Creation and Resilience, Ms. Myra Bernardi, said she was impressed by the progress so far made by the project and the collaborative nature of stakeholders under the project.

“I am glad to see that the project is working with the government, food fortification policymakers, industry players and millers in a bid to build their capacity on the importance of food fortification with relation to nutrition,” said Ms. Bernardi.

She lauded the project for involving post-graduate students saying it was a good catalyst in improving the health outcomes across the country.

Prof. Ngumi appreciated the EU for the support they have given the project and encouraged those involved to come up with tangible research outputs and innovations that can be scaled down to the community.

According to the Vice Chancellor, the outputs of the project should not only improve the nutritional and health status of the country but also the economic status of millers and farmers.

From right: Prof. Sila, Prof. Ngumi, Amb. Maalim, Ms. Bernardi and Mr. Katembu pose for a picture after the meeting

JKUAT Chairman of Council, Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub M. Maalim who was in the meeting during the courtesy call, lauded the efforts of the European Union saying they were the best partners to have especially when it comes to advancing the research and innovation agenda of the University.

Prof. Sila said the project has developed a training manual for millers across the country and are in the process of developing one for public health officers in counties and entry points to build their capacity on regulatory monitoring of food fortification.

Ms. Bernardi was accompanied by her EU Delegation to Kenya, Programme Manager, Mr. Titus Katembu.

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