‘33% of Liberian Children Are Malnourished’

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Minister Carey: "We have instituted a special leadership to run the program at the ministry."

-Says Deputy Commerce Min. Carey; launches food fortification alliance today

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) on Friday, October 27, launched the National Food Fortification Alliance of Liberia (NFFAL).

The NFFAL, according to Deputy Commerce and Inspector General Roland S. Carey, is geared toward critically looking at the various kinds of food consumed by children in the country, as well as looking at the lack of nutrients in those foods, among others.

The national food program is intended to develop a program that would allow for food fortification standards, making the importation and production of fortified food products for children with malnourished conditions.

Minister Carey, who spoke yesterday at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing, said statistics conducted by the ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF shows that 33 percent of Liberian children are malnourished, and as such the food fortification program will be in line with the national consumption patterns, aimed at ensuring positive impact for Liberian children.

He noted that women and children who are most often affected by micronutrient malnutrition are affected greatly, stressing the need for government’s intervention.

“The program is to recall significant gains in the fortification of food in Liberia. To recognize the significant contribution made by organizations and individuals for the establishment and implementation of food fortification program in Liberia.

“And to also enhance a broader lasting collaboration among stakeholders and implementation of the food fortification program of Liberia, and to raise awareness on the national food fortification program among the general public,” he said.

He said in order to make the program successful and sustainable in the country, the ministry has instituted a special leadership to run the program.

The program is a collaboration between the MoCI and the Ministry of Health.

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