In Haiti, impoverished households continue to suffer from significant nutrition insecurity and micronutrient deficiencies. Poor health and nutrition are prominent in the country and most severely impact pregnant and lactating women and young children. Our Ranfose Abitid Nitrisyon pou Fe Ogmante Sante (RANFOSE) program aims to address micronutrient deficiencies in Haiti by increasing the availability of high-quality fortified foods throughout the country. Our strategy uses a multipronged, participatory approach to identify major constraints and target key stakeholders in the public sector, private sector, and civil society to stimulate a sustainable national program for fortified staple foods.
Through the support of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), RANFOSE will seek to establish a National Fortification Alliance with key stakeholders to build consensus and advocate for food fortification and support the technical capacity to fortify foods. The program will support local industry and importers in the production of sustained and safe fortification of foods. In addition, program activities will be focused on increasing consumer reach and availability of fortified foods by facilitating the expansion of distribution networks.
Launched in 2017, RANFOSE is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and was originally anticipated to be implemented over a period of four years. In summer 2021, the project was awarded a two-year cost extension by USAID. During these additional years, RANFOSE will continue existing activities in pursuit of establishing an enabling environment for a sustainable national food fortification program.
See Press Release Here