Food fortification is a globally recognized public health intervention in which essential vitamins and minerals are added to commonly consumed foods and condiments to improve nutrition across the population. The Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx)
is a collaboration among three data stewards (Food Fortification Initiative
, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
, Iodine Global Network) and the Micronutrient Forum to collect, define, and improve fortification data on commonly fortified foods (cereal grains, oil, salt).
The GFDx is an analysis and visualization tool that provides open access data on the fortification of maize flour, oil, rice, salt and wheat flour. The purpose of the GFDx is to empower governments, donors, development agencies and other members of the global health and development community to make data-driven decisions in the planning, resourcing and tracking of food fortification policies and programs.
Seeking expressions of interest
With that purpose in mind, the GFDx is seeking national decision-makers
interested in attending in-country workshops to 1) examine their current fortification data collection and compilation systems and 2) identify how fortification data can be utilized to improve their national programs.
Expenses related to organizing the workshop (e.g. renting a workshop room, facilitator, snacks and lunch) will be met by the GFDx. Participants or relevant government agencies are responsible for supporting attendance expenses, such as travel and accommodation costs. The workshops will be held in English or Spanish.
A multiple day (2-3 day) workshop among fortification stakeholders will be facilitated by GFDx data stewards. Following the workshop, it’s expected that participants will have identified specific opportunities to improve or develop a system for fortification data collection, analysis, interpretation and use that directly informs the fortification program.
For the GFDx and broader fortification community, the workshops will identify current and potential best practices for utilizing fortification data to improve national fortification programs.
Criteria for national fortification programs:
Countries likely to benefit most from in-country workshops about fortification data should have the following characteristics:
• Mandatory legislation for fortification of two or more of the following food vehicles: cereal grains (wheat and maize flour, rice), oil, salt, or immediate plans (within one year) to pass such legislation for two or more foods.
• A coordinating system, body or organization for fortification (e.g. National Fortification Alliance/Committee, food fortification working group) or immediate plans to develop such a coordinating body.
• Be able to bring together a country team of food fortification stakeholders to attend the workshop, including relevant government policy makers, standard setting authorities, enforcement authorities, commerce or industry authorities, and monitoring and evaluation authorities.
• Participating stakeholders should be willing to complete a pre-workshop assessment to identify and compile program information in advance of the workshop.
• Be able and willing to apply identified opportunities to strengthen their fortification program.
• Available to complete the workshop between June and September 2018 (see available dates in attached Expression of Interest form).
• Planned participants able to participate in English or Spanish, depending on the language of the workshop.
Expressions of interest should come from national policy-making stakeholders. If in-country development partners are interested in submitting their country’s fortification program, we encourage them to work with the national fortification program’s focal points to submit an expression of interest.