NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s ministry of health and
partners will set aside additional resources to
promote food fortification as a means to eradicate
micro-nutrients deficiency that is rampant in poor
settings, officials said on Friday.
Cherutich, the Head of Preventive and Promotive
Health Services in the Ministry of Health, said that
fortification of key staples like maize flour, rice
and edible oils is key to tackle malnutrition and
stunting in Kenya.
prioritized promotion of nutritional status of the
population through dietary diversification as part
of the Big Four Agenda on food security,” Cherutich
said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
government has engaged other key stakeholders like
millers and consumer rights groups to ensure that
the fight against micro-nutrients deficiency is
recognized as an urgent national priority,” he
has fast-tracked implementation of a National Food
Fortification Program launched in April last year to
enhance the capacity of manufacturers to fortify
maize flour and tackle malnutrition among poor
Cherutich said the project which is funded by
multilateral lenders has revitalized action on
micro-nutrient deficiencies and accompanying health
country, we have made progress in fortification
which has seen goiter incidences reduce from 35
percent two decades ago to the current 6 percent,”
disclosed that donors have injected 3.5 million U.S.
dollars to boost Kenya’s efforts to tackle
malnutrition and stunting through fortification of
staples consumed by poor households.
government has enacted a law in 2012 that requires
manufactures to fortify key staples like maize and
wheat flour, table salt, vegetable fats and oils
with vitamins and minerals.
Ochieng, the CEO of Consumer Information Network,
said that Kenya should borrow international best
practices to promote fortification of key staples
and achieve the UN 2030 goal on food and nutrition
fortification should be accorded the attention it
deserves since it has long-term implication on the
country’s economic development agenda,” said Ochieng.