Rice is a staple food for more than three billion of the world’s population, sometimes making up as much as 70% of an individual’s daily energy intake. This presents a nutritional dilemma: while milled rice is a good source of energy, it is a poor source of micronutrients.
However, in places where rice is a staple food, making it more nutritional through fortification with essential vitamins and minerals has proven to be a cost-effective intervention to increase a population’s micronutrient intake, and therefore their health and development.
The consumption of fortified rice enables consumers to increase their micronutrient intake without requiring them to change their buying, preparation or cooking habits.
This summary brochure was put together using information from several supplements of Sight and Life Magazine:
Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Asia. Basel: Sight and Life; 2015.
Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Latin America and the Caribbean. Basel: Sight and Life; 2017.
Scaling up Rice Fortification in West Africa. Basel: Sight and Life; 2018.