Celebrating and Equipping Progress Through Partnerships


02 December 2014 - 03 December 2014


Location: Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

Region: Africa


As the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Mideast Africa District Conference celebrates its 25th annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, this event will celebrate the tremendous progress African countries have made in fortifying industrially milled wheat flour and maize flour. In 2011, only seven countries in Africa were fortifying at least 75% of their industrially milled wheat flour with folic acid. Now at least 19 countries have reached that level of wheat flour fortification.

The program will also offer a brief introduction to new tools for:

  • Monitoring fortification programs, including neural tube birth defect surveillance
  • Estimating a cost:benefit ratio
  • Developing a communications campaign for advocacy and social marketing

Who is Expected

Fortification is most successful when it is a public, private, and civic partnership, consequently this meeting will include wheat and maize millers, leaders from support industries such as premix and equipment companies, government representatives, members of National Fortification Alliances, and advocates for preventing neural tube birth defects and nutritional anemia.

How to Register

There is no charge for any participant to attend this Africa network meeting. However please tell us by 15 September if you plan to attend so we can accommodate everyone at the cocktail reception and during lunch on the Wednesday. E-mail your confirmation to info@ffinetwork.org.

Flour industry participants staying for the IAOM conference will need to make their own arrangements to arrive a day earlier to attend the Africa network meeting. They will also need to register for the IAOM meeting using their own resources. Please see more information about the IAOM meeting.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014


Cocktail Reception

  • Celebrate great success of fortifying wheat and maize flour in Africa
  • Honor Food Fortification Initiative leadership award recipients

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


Arrival and registration of participants



Opening remarks

  • Welcome
  • Why are we here?
  • Overview of Smarter Futures
  • Review today’s programme
Lynn Moeng, Cluster Manager for Health Promotion, Nutrition and Oral Health,
on behalf of the Department of Health of South Africa


What are we preventing?

Dr. Graham Fieggen, Professor and Paediatric Neurosurgeon at the University of Cape Town


Coffee and tea break and group photo


Partnerships at work in supporting food fortification in Africa:
Several perspectives

  • Private sector
  • Government
  • Civil society
  • Public-private partnerships

Facilitator: Scott J. Montgomery

  • Miller
  • Government representative
  • Fortification Alliance
  • NGO perspective – Fred Grant, HKI


Lunch and tabletop displays including progress reports from countries represented


Introduction to new tools:

  • Using FORTIMAS for monitoring fortification
  • Developing a communications campaign for advocacy and social marketing
  • Estimating fortification’s costs and economic benefits
  • Simplifying premix procurement and building sustainable supplies
  • Anna Verster
  • Sarah Zimmerman
  • Quentin Johnson
  • Greg S. Garrett, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)


Closing session: Pulling it all together


Adjourn: coffee/tea


Smarter Futures, a partnership for Africa of the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, AkzoNobel, Helen Keller International, the Government of the Netherlands, and the Food Fortification Initiative.

Contact Information

Anna Verster