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A Fortification Feasibility Study for the Control of Micronutrient Malnutrition-II

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Commissioned by Micronutrient Initiative (MI) and conducted by New Era in 2000, this study had the purpose of assessing the feasibility of three potential food vehicles (biscuits, instant noodles and wheat flour) for fortification at household level and market situation. It also intended to assess the consumption level of already fortified food vehicles namely, salt and vegetable ghee.The study was conducted in 6 districts spread across three different ecological belts of Nepal.The findings of the study indicated that multiple vehicles should be used to deliver micronutrients to a larger proportion of the vulnerable groups. It concluded that the fortification of biscuits and instant noodles with iron had the potential to reach the children. As the main ingredient of biscuits and instant noodles is wheat flour, the study concluded that the best way of fortifying these products could be fortification of centrally processed wheat flour. For the larger segment of the population that consumed the unbranded locally processed wheat flour, the study recommended to explore the possibility of community level fortification.

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2000

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New Era

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Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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Studies

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