On November 8 & 9, 2020 the Second Global Summit on Food Fortification takes place in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Micronutrient Forum and HarvestPlus. This high-level event immediately precedes the Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference 2020 and will be held in the same facility.
The Second Global Summit on Food Fortification is part of a worldwide effort to invigorate interest, awareness and investment in Large-Scale Food Fortification (LSFF) and biofortification – two population-based interventions with enormous potential to contribute sustainably to reducing and preventing micronutrient deficiencies globally.
The year 2020 will be a pivotal year for global nutrition, including fortification. Japan is hosting the Nutrition for Growth Summit (N4G) which represents a significant opportunity to set the world on a pathway towards achieving the SDG targets – in particular, to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030 and strengthen the link between diet, food systems and health.
N4G aims to acknowledge nutrition as an essential driver of sustainable development and to secure new and refreshed policy and financial commitments from governments, civil society, private sector, donor agencies and the UN to act on malnutrition in all its forms.
The Global Summit on Food Fortification is a key milestone on the road to N4G. The Fortification Summit will identify priorities for investment to ensure that industrial fortification and biofortification are optimally scaled according to global need and that existing staple food fortification programmes are expanded, improved, and sustained effectively to achieve health impact. The fortification summit will provide a platform for donors, governments, and the private sector to consider and discuss fortification as a potential component of their N4G commitment, to be announced at the Tokyo Summit in December 2020.
More than two billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiency which reduces cognitive development, increases maternal and infant mortality, harms health and productivity, and exacerbates poverty. Through fortification, we can prevent and reduce micronutrient deficiency and make billions of people healthier and more productive. The Fortification Summit will contribute to a common vision and strategy for fortification through the N4G summit and beyond as we strive to end malnutrition by 2030 and meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Summit aims to build consensus around the most important actions that should be pursued in order for staple food fortification to meet its potential impact to reduce malnutrition worldwide.
The summit will explore complementarities between industrial fortification and biofortification, as well as lessons learned from industrial fortification that are applicable to efforts to scale up biofortification and maximise its impact.
Other themes to be featured in the Summit agenda include:
- A review of global progress since the first summit was held in Arusha, Tanzania in 2015.
- The complimentary roles of industry, government, academia, and civil society in ensuring the success and sustainability of fortification at national, regional, and global levels.
- Improving monitoring and ensuring quality and compliance of fortification across agriculture, trade and health systems.
- Measuring impact and using data for advocacy, to increase accountability and ensure evidence-based decisions.
- Improving national fortification programmes through advocacy, technical assistance, consumer activism and civil society engagement.
More information about the summit, including a draft agenda and registration link can be found here.