Large scale food fortification in Vietnam: National strategy and lesson learnt

Hoai Nam Dang Vu
Micronutrient deficiencies are still prevalent in Vietnam, having negative effects on public health, especially on women of reproductive age and young children. Food fortification is one of the most cost-effective, scalable, and proven strategies to tackle these problems. With support from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, the Nation Institute for Nutrition of Vietnam has implemented a five-year project to fortify soy sauce, fish sauce, vegetable oil, and flavoring powders with
more » ... powders with vitamin A, iron, and zinc. The project aimed to develop the market for fortified products through changing behaviors of consumers, getting industries involved in the production of fortified foods, and law enforcement. This article builds critical insights and lessons learned from the project in terms of project management, production, legislation and quality control, social marketing and communications, and monitoring and evaluation, providing implications for replications and further interventions in the future.
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.12955178.v1 fatcat:lun64q465rcbdp7jzb22tfmrs4