About the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI)
Thank you for your interest in fortification. The Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), formerly the Flour Fortification Initiative, is an international partnership working to improve health through fortification of industrially milled grain products. We specialize in wheat flour, maize flour, and rice.
The support we provide through multi-sector collaborations includes:
- Communications resources on the benefits of fortification
- Technical assistance in planning, implementing and monitoring fortification programs
- Tracking progress at the country and global levels
We primarily support national stakeholders in the public, private and civic sectors. Key leaders are government officials, industry managers, civic sector organizers, and staff of non-governmental organizations.
The nutrients most commonly used in post-harvest grain fortification are iron and folic acid (vitamin B9). Other nutrients that can be added are calcium, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc and other B vitamins such as niacin, thiamine, riboflavin and B 12. See Why Fortify? to learn more about the nutritional benefits of fortification.
An Executive Management Team (EMT) representing global leaders in the public, private, and civic sectors provides strategic direction to FFI. We have a small Global Secretariat based at Emory University adjacent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In addition, individual staff members are based in Canada, India, The Netherlands, Thailand, and Uganda.
In 2017, contributions to FFI totalled USD 2.06 million. Donors included governments, corporations, foundations, individuals, non-governmental organizations, and United Nations agencies. See details in the 2017 Annual Report.
Executive Management Team members, observers, and several FFI staff toured an Interflour wheat mill in Viet Nam in April 2018. Photo by Bob Lubitz.