Position Statement

Micronutrient fortification

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Saly Kone is mother who works in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire selling Maggi bouillons and spices for Nestlé.
Her job has given her financial independence, and she plans to give her daughter a full-time education.
As one of more than 15'000 ‘Maggi Mammies’ working in Côte d’Ivoire, Saly also has the satisfaction of knowing that the products she sells help to improve people’s nutrition. That’s because we’ve fortified them with iodised salt and iron to help address micronutrient deficiencies.
We’ve also funded training for women like Saly across Central and West Africa on the importance of good nutrition, balanced diets and culinary hygiene. They then pass on this knowledge to consumers.
Micronutrient deficiency is a common public health problem worldwide, and children and women of childbearing age are particularly vulnerable.
An estimated 2 billion people globally suffer from ‘hidden hunger’, a deficiency in essential vitamins and minerals that can cause serious mental and physical harm if left untreated.
We provided 192 billion servings of fortified foods in 2015 to help tackle micronutrient deficiency, and launched our Policy on Micronutrient Fortification (pdf, 1.5 Mb).
Read more about what we’re doing to tackle vitamin and mineral deficiencies.