A Fortified Future For Mali
Bamako, Mali – The West African country of Mali has taken a major step forward in providing essential micronutrients to its citizens by passing legislation that requires fortification of wheat flour with iron, zinc, and several B vitamins including folic acid. An estimated 4.7 million people are likely to receive enhanced nutrition from their staple foods because of this action. Mali is the 64th country to require adding at least iron or folic acid to flour, and is considering adding vitamin A to edible oils to prevent vitamin A deficiency, the leading cause of childhood blindness
Helen Keller International (HKI) has been a staunch advocate for food fortification in Mali, and West Africa as a whole, since fortifying staple foods provides nutritional benefits without requiring consumers to change their habits or purchase additional items. In West Africa, HKI collaborates on large-scale efforts in partnership with the private sector to fortify essential cooking ingredients with essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, iron and folic acid.