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Seminar on Food Fortification in Southeast Asia: Current Challenges, Strategies for the Future

Hanoi, Vietnam
26/11/2019 – 27/11/2019
Pullman Hanoi Hotel

BACKGROUND

Micronutrient fortification of food has long been used as an effective approach to address malnutrition in vulnerable populations with a notable degree of global success. While there has been increased commitment towards fortification interventions in Southeast Asia over the last few decades, effective implementation and long-term sustainability of these fortification programs are often hampered by technical, regulatory and economic challenges.

As Southeast Asia continues to evolve in the dynamic landscape of double burden of malnutrition, it is imperative to review the role and strategies of food fortification to ensure effective progress towards reducing or eliminating micronutrient deficiencies.

OBJECTIVES

This 1.5-day seminar aims to:
• Provide the latest updates on micronutrient intake and deficiency, and regulatory status of fortification in Southeast Asia
• Provide guidance on building and translating data for evidence-based program and decision making
• Discuss the effectiveness of food fortification in eliminating micronutrient deficiencies in Southeast Asia
• Share SEA country experiences and industry perspective on effective delivery of fortified food
• Identify key issues and strategies to overcome fortification barriers
• Highlight critical factors and important considerations in program design and implementation in food fortification

FLYER

The flyer is available HERE.

PROGRAM

The program is available HERE.

PROGRAM & ABSTRACT BOOKLET

The program and abstract booklet is available HERE.

REGISTRATION FEES

REGISTRATION

Registration is closed.

ORGANIZERS

ILSI Southeast Asia Region 
ILSI Southeast Asia Region Vietnam Country Committee

CO-ORGANIZER

National Institute of Nutrition, Vietnam

SPEAKERS' PROFILE

SESSION 1: ISSUES AND STRATEGIES OF FORTIFICATION

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Dr. Regina Moench-Pfanner
Founder and CEO
ibn360
Singapore

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Assoc. Prof. Pattanee Winichagoon
Senior Advisor
INMU
Thailand

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Ms. Dora Panagides
Team Leader
Food Fortification Advisory Services
Landell Mills
Myanmar

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Ms. Becky Tsang
Project Manager
Global Fortification Data Exchange
USA

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Mr. Steve Orr
Partnership Coordinator
HarvestPlus
Vietnam

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Dr. Siti Muslimatun
Coordinator
ILSI SEA Region Indonesia Country Committee
Indonesia

SESSION 2: REGULATIONS OF FORTIFICATION

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Ms. Bui Hoang Anh
Official
Regulatory Affairs and Inspection Division
Vietnam Food Administration

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Ms. Pauline Chan
Director
Scientific Programs
ILSI SEA Region
Singapore

SESSION 3: EXPERIENCES AND PERSPECTIVE OF FORTIFICATION

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Dr. Tran Thuy Nga
Head
Department of Micronutrients
National Institute of Nutrition
Vietnam

Geoffry Smith

Mr. Geoffry Smith
President
ILSI SEA Region
Singapore

Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang

Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang
Foods and Refreshment R&D Manager
Unilever Vietnam

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Ms. Wei Tang
Regional Head of Nutrition External Engagement (Asia)
Unilever China

SESSION 4: CASE STUDIES ON MICRONUTRIENT FORTIFICATION

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Dr. Fabian Rohner
International Nutrition and Public Health Specialist
Groundwork
Switzerland

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Prof. Visith Chavasit
Faculty Member
INMU
Thailand

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Dr. Kyly Whitfield
Assistant Professor
Mount Saint Vincent University
Canada

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Dr. Yukiko Nakanishi
Consultant
ILSI Japan CHP

PRESENTATIONS

Session 1: Issues and Strategies of Fortification

Revisiting Food Fortification Agenda in an Evolving Micronutrient Landscape of ASEAN
Dr. Regina Moench-Pfanner, ibn360, Singapore

Multi-Criteria Mapping of Stakeholders’ Views on Strategies to Reduce Micronutrient Deficiencies among Women and Children in SEA: The SMILING Project
Assoc. Prof. Pattanee Winichagoon, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University (INMU), Thailand

Key Considerations in Micronutrient Fortification Process: From Design to Implementation
Ms. Dora Panagides, Landell Mills, Myanmar

The Global Fortification Data Exchange: An Analysis and Visualization Tool for Industrial Fortification
Ms. Becky Tsang, Global Fortification Data Exchange, USA
(via Video Presentation)

Unlocking the Potential and Synergy of Biofortification with Micronutrient Interventions
Mr. Steve Orr, HarvestPlus, Vietnam

SEA Country Experiences: Current Challenges and Future Priorities for Fortification
Dr. Siti Muslimatun, Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L), Indonesia

Session 2: Regulations of Fortification

Updates of Vietnam Regulatory Status of Micronutrient Fortification
Ms. Bui Hoang Anh, Vietnam Food Administration, Vietnam

Updates of SEA Regulatory Status of Micronutrient Fortification
Ms. Pauline Chan, ILSI SEA Region, Singapore

Session 3: Experiences and Perspective of Fortification

Vietnam’s Experience: Current Challenges and Future Priorities for Fortification
Dr. Tran Thuy Nga, NIN, Vietnam

Beyond the ‘Big Five’: Micronutrients of Emerging Interest for Public Health and Strategic Considerations
Mr. Geoffry Smith, Essential Micronutrients Foundation, Singapore

Industry Perspective: Opportunities and Challenges in Fortification
Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang, Unilever Vietnam
Ms. Wei Tang, Unilever China

Session 4: Case Studies on Micronutrient Fortification

Iodine Deficiency: Epidemiology, Consequences and Reduction Strategies
Dr. Fabian Rohner, Groundwork, Switzerland

Iodine Fortification in Thailand
Prof. Visith Chavasit, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand

Thiamine and Riboflavin as Key Candidates for Fortification in Southeast Asia: A Case from Cambodia
Dr. Kyly Whitfield, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada

Introduction of Fortified Rice into the Canteen for Cambodian Female Workers
Dr. Yukiko Nakanishi, ILSI Japan Center for Health Promotion, Japa

Flour and Rice Fortification in Indonesia
Dr. Yuni Zahraini, Ministry of Health, Indonesia