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MIC Launches Communication Strategy on Food Fortification

MIC Launches Communication Strategy on Food Fortification

The Minister of Industry and Trade, Silvino Moreno, launched the Communication Strategy for the Food Fortification Programme in Maputo on Wednesday 29 May.

According to the Agência de Informação de Moçambique (AIM), this is an instrument that obliges food processing industries, such as maize, wheat flour, sugar production, salt, among others, to fortify their products with micro-nutrients in the form of vitamins so that the population can improve its nutritional status.

According to Silvino Moreno, the country loses 11 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) every year, which represents 101.1 billion meticals (1.6 billion dollars), due to chronic malnutrition.

With the launch of the 2024-2029 communication, advocacy and resource mobilisation strategy, the government aims to create synergies to make food fortification in Mozambique a widely accepted practice. ‘The government’s concern is that this nutrition scenario can improve in the near future. We’re not just thinking about food, but also about including nutrients in basic products,’ said the government official.

Regarding the production of nutrient-fortified foods, over the last seven years Mozambique has produced 9.8 million metric tonnes of maize flour, wheat, sugar, cooking oil and others.

Launch of the Food Fortification Communication Strategy to Mitigate Malnutrition

The government, through the minister, recognises that controlling the entry of non-fortified products into the country is a challenge, but there is a multi-sectoral team working to find ways to combat their entry into national territory.

For his part, Rafael Nzucule, programme officer at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), explained that 37% of children under 5 years of age in the country suffer from chronic malnutrition. ‘We hope to reach 80 per cent of fortified foods. The National Food Fortification Programme began around 14 years ago and we are in a phase of continuing with the initiatives,’ he said.

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