Investing on Food Fortification can Save Millions, Study Reveals

Sep 26 , 2021

Investing 3.8 million dollars in food fortification would help Ethiopia to save losses of over half a billion dollars spent on averting vitamin deficiencies, according to a new study by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Swiss-based foundation. The cost-benefit analysis report indicated that Ethiopia can upgrade its economy and bring health transformation if the government focuses on food fortification as its mandatory programme to prevent malnutrition. A dollar spent by the government, industries or consumers to fortify flour with critical nutrients could return 13 dollars in economic benefit, the report added.



Women around the Koshe area hunt through piles of trash to find scraps of metal to sell. With close to three million people unemployed in the country and a headline inflation of 33pc, unskilled labour is in little demand. Ethiopia has an adult literacy rate of 51pc, with fewer numbers going past high school. Less than three percent of 12th-grade students made it to universities this year while the rest were at the mercy of remedial exams...



An old wooden car that was part of a commercial campaign by a furniture company around the Beherawi Theatre area. Ethiopia's forest coverage to national land size has been registered at 15pc to the latest data by the World Bank. The current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched an initiative labelled 'Green Legacy' to plant five billion trees in 2020 claiming an 83pc success...



A young boy attempts to pull a piece of cloth from an overloaded pickup truck around the Ayer Tena area. Observing an unsupervised child on the streets of the capital has become a common sight, with sporadic conflict across the country creating nearly four million internally displaced people. Despite the last census having been conducted 16 years ago, the population of the country is estimated at 120 million...