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GFDx expansion to support global nutrition policy with more robust data

December, 2017
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Published on 14 September, 2017. Written jointly by members of the GFDx Core Group.
The coalition group that launched the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx)Achtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster plans the next step in its expansion.
The GFDx was first launched in September by the Iodine Global Network along with partners Food Fortification Initiative, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, and Micronutrient Forum.
Food fortification, the practice of adding vitamins and minerals to commonly consumed foods and condiments at the stage of food processing, is a cost-effective, proven intervention capable of reaching large segments of populations to improve the intake of essential micronutrients.
GFDx provides free access to data on food fortification. In its first release, the GFDx includes indicators on food fortification legislation from 1942 to the present, as well as available standards, food availability, and intake for over 230 countries.
In providing a comprehensive picture of the current state and trends in food fortification across geographies, the GFDx represents a critical step forward in promoting fortification of staple foods and condiments and supporting national fortification programs.
The Global Fortification Data Exchange will undergo further expansion to help researchers and policymakers implement food fortification programs more effectively.

Above: An interactive heat map showing the number of food types that are being fortified across the globe. The fewer the food vehicles, the lighter the color. Map downloaded from:

With this new phase, the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Iodine Global Network (IGN) and Micronutrient Forum (MN Forum), will expand the GFDx by compiling additional data for use in developing policies, programs and to support the effective implementation of food fortification. This will include coverage data, quality data, and more as it is available.
You can use the GFDx to generate custom maps, charts and tables within the tool, or download data for offline analysis, and the tool will continue to be updated with the most recent datasets, additional indicators and analyses.
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