A few select success stories that we are particularly proud of are highlighted below:
In June 2012, Rwanda’s first staple food producer, MINIMEX, voluntarily began fortifying their maize flour despite the lack of a government mandate. MINIMEX is Rwanda’s only large-scale maize flour producer. They continue to produce adequately fortified flour for domestic sale and for purchase by WFP for distribution to Congolese refugees.
In October 2012, the Government of Malawi officially launched the national fortification program, which started with the country’s only sugar producer, Illovo.
In November 2012, Liberia’s National Food Fortification Standards became mandatory for all domestic producers of wheat flour and cooking oil. Standards were harmonized with the West Africa region to prevent any barriers to trade.
Also in 2013, Liberia’s wheat flour producer, Premier Milling Corporation (PMC) began production of their fortified wheat flour, which currently meets national standard and reaches into all 15 counties and approximately 80% of the entire Liberian population.
In October 2014, despite the Ebola outbreak, Liberia’s regulatory monitoring inspectors began to monitor fortified foods for compliance to the national standard.
In March 2015, despite the political turmoil throughout the country, the President of Burundi signed the Fortification Decree mandating that all domestically produced and imported wheat and maize flour, cooking oil, sugar, and salt producers be fortified per the national standard.
In April 2015, Burundi’s largest cooking oil facility, Savonor, began production of fortified cooking oil per the national mandate.
In November 2015, Zimbabwe’s National Fortification Program was officially launched. The program includes drafted and adopted standards for wheat and maize flour, cooking oil, sugar, and salt. Several of Zimbabwe’s producers are currently fortifying their products voluntarily as the country awaits a national mandate.