20 February 2019
Affordable Nutritious Food for Women (ANF4W)
Successful examples of these shared value initiatives are the ANF4W and SAFO. ANF4W in Kenya and Tanzania builds on the Strategic Alliance for the Fortification of Oil and Other Staple Foods (SAFO) implemented from 2008 to 2012 by GIZ and BASF on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
ANF4W, in action from July 2013 to August 2017 in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania, led transformative efforts in nutritional health. The project worked to improve technical capacities, strengthen monitoring and regulatory systems and increase awareness of the importance of adequate nutrition.
BASF’s support in Eastern Europe and the Middle East
Awareness of the “Double Burden” of nutrition is also rising in Emerging Europe and West Asia. This refers to the co-existence of obesity and undernutrition often within the same country or even the same household. In cooperation with international organizations such as USAID, GAIN and the WFP, workshops and panel discussions on oil and flour fortification were organized in Kazakhstan and the Ukraine in 2018 to support improvements in vitamin A and D3 deficiencies.
BASF co-organizes workshops for analytical training and advocacy in a multi-stakeholder atmosphere in various countries, including in Egypt in 2018. Effective quality assurance and control is key for successful and sustainable fortification programs. Workshops for government authorities and the private food industry are co-organized on a national level.
Starting Venture project Food Innovation Cluster
The Food Innovation Cluster is a platform launched in 2018 as a Starting Venture project by BASF. It aims to unite stakeholders to exchange and partner on sustainable business solutions for global food security. Challenges and solutions to improve food security along the food value chain are being discussed and catalyzed at organized multi-sectoral meetings and workshops. The multi-stakeholder vision brings academia together with the public and private sectors from the agricultural, human and animal nutrition side. This makes it possible to address a broad spectrum of solutions ‘from field to fork’ as the motto of the Food Innovation Cluster. Solutions range from agricultural protection solutions, improved animal nutrition and health, aflatoxin binders, an improved cooling chain system and proper flooring during storage to food fortification in staple foods.
The first workshop took place in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2018 and a second workshop in Lagos, Nigeria is scheduled for this December. Food Innovation Cluster workshops are to follow during the next years and are not limited to African regions.
Worldwide more than 4 billion people are at risk of suffering from aflatoxin exposure with the risk of liver damage and hepatocellular cancer (HCC). In children aflatoxins cause nutrient deficiency, stunted growth, delayed development and immune suppression. BASF is currently developing and testing an aflatoxin-binding clay with first field studies taking place in 2019. This supports the health benefits in children and other at-risk groups and adds value to local food industries with high aflatoxin burden.
BASF’s Food-Fortification Initiative commits to support access to affordable, nutritious food with essential micronutrients, in particular fat-soluble vitamins like A, D & E – enriched oil, sugar, milk, flour or condiments, for additionally 60 Million people at risk of vitamin- and mineral deficiency per year. BASF supports more than 51 high-prevalence countries with the implementation of Food fortification programs and participates in partnerships such as the “Affordable Nutritious Foods for Women” program with GIZ.
BASF will provide technical expertise to local food producers to fortify staple foods cost-effectively. Together with local food producers, we jointly develop Shared Value concepts and sustainable business models (including product and packaging solutions) to make fortified staple foods a win-win for businesses and society. BASF technically assists national food and drug authorities and food producers in food fortification quality assessment. We distribute and offer training for industry and public authorities on mobile testing devices to analyze the content of vitamin A in fortified foods. To enhance innovations, BASF will continue to invest in research projects regarding nutrition security and food safety solutions
The commitment (2017-2020) will reach 60 million people at risk of micronutrient deficiencies with affordable fortified staple foods and valued at 2 million EUR per year.
In June 2017 BASF organized a technical training workshop in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe. The training focused on public private quality assessment and quality control for food fortification. The workshop, lasting two days, attracted 21 participants from seven different institutions including government and the local sugar producers. Areas of focus included advocacy, law and policy, best practice and practical training with test kits.
An oil fortification mission to Egypt took place from 5th-7th of December 2017. The objective of this mission was two-fold: To determine the status of the Egypt oil fortification project, and to identify a way forward through stakeholder discussion and consultation. Stakeholders from both the national and the international arena took part, and care was taken to involve the key decision-makers of each organization to improve chances of a fruitful follow-up. Following the positive meetings, a follow-up workshop is planned for May 2018.
Resulting from a partnership between various commercial Partners and the BASF Food Fortification Initiative, the first fortified oil products have reached the market in Afghanistan. This is an important first step towards a national fortification program, and a positive development after many years of advocacy work.
In addition to the above-described achievements, the BASF FF Initiative continues to support long-term food fortification projects through advocacy, stakeholder meetings and workshops, and technical assistance.