Health Desk--18 August, 2017: A new study suggests consumption of fortified rice has reduced anaemia and zinc deficiencies among the poor women in Bangladesh.
The icddr,b and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) conducted the study showing impact of the rice enriched with micronutrients on women participating in the government’s vulnerable group development programme.
Released in Dhaka on Thursday, the report showed that fortified rice, combined with training and cash grants for investment, contributes to women’s empowerment.
Consumption of fortified rice can result in reduction of anaemia by 4.8 percent and zinc deficiency by 6 percent among women, the report said.
This is for the first time that use of fortified rice in a government safety net programme in Bangladesh was tested while VGD programme reached over one million ultra-poor women and their families. While unveiling the report, WFP representative in Bangladesh Christa Räder said the outcome is promising.
“Now we have a much better understanding of how integrating fortified rice into government safety net programmes can help improve women’s micronutrient status.”
Despite a significant decline in poverty in recent years, low dietary diversity and scanty intake of nutrient-rich foods pose a serious challenge for the country.