RACHA staff and members of the National Sub Committee for Food Fortification hand out iron fortified fish sauce in Battambang, Cambodia, after leading an educational session on the importance of iron in a daily diet.
RACHA is proud to announce that its work, in collaboration with the National Sub Committee for Food Fortification (NSCFF), has been highlighted in a special supplement to the Food and Nutrition Bulletin. The supplement is dedicated to nutrition issues within the ASEAN region and was published in June 2013. The Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed, academic journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation in association with the United Nations University (UNU), and "is one of the leading resources used by researchers, academics, nutrition policy makers and planners in over 125 countries to obtain the most current research and policy information related to nutrition in developing countries".
A report titled "Fish sauce, soy sauce, and vegetable oil fortification in Cambodia: Where do we stand to date?" appears on page 62 of the supplement and is co-authored by RACHA staff Chan Theary, Pol Sambath, and Sol Sowath, GAIN staff Dora Panagides, Arnaud Laillou, and Regina Moench-Pfanner, and National Institute of Public Health Cambodiastaff Saphoon Vonthanak, Chheng Kanarath, and Chhea Chhorvann. As the paper's abstract states, "the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies in Cambodia is among the highest in Southeast Asia and fortification of staple foods and condiments is considered to be one of the most cost-effective strategies for addressing micronutrient deficiencies at the population level". RACHA's team works in close cooperation with the Cambodian government's National Sub Committee for Food Fortification to implement the widespread use of fortified fish sauce, soy sauce, and vegetable oil. You can read more about the food fortification project here and read about how it is being received in the field here.
RACHA is thrilled to be part of the FNB supplement. You can download the full supplement here. RACHA's article is found on page 62.