Regional: Improving Nutrition for Poor Mothers and Children in Asian Countries in Transition

Sovereign Project | 35184-012 Status: Closed

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Project Name Improving Nutrition for Poor Mothers and Children in Asian Countries in Transition
Project Number 35184-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 9005-REG: Improving Nutrition for Poor Mothers and Children in Asian Countries in Transition
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 6.00 million
Grant 9005-REG: Improving Nutrition for Poor Mothers and Children in Asian Countries in Transition (Supplementary)
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 850,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Health - Health sector development and reform

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The Project aims to improve the nutrition status, and physical and mental capacity of the poor by piloting an umbrella regional program for delivering micronutrient fortified salt and wheat flour to the populations in the ACT region. The Project will particularly target poor women of reproductive age and children. It will (i) focus support on the poor currently afflicted or at risk (ii) pilot related capacity building processes for establishing a regional network of marketing, distribution, and rules of trade and (iii) demonstrate the efficacy of a regional approach to solving a common nutrition problem that is depressing both human and economic development in the region. The Project will have four major components: (i) A Roundtable Conference. This will bring together representatives from ACT public health services, private sector (federations of flour millers and salt producers), NGOs that focus on women and children, representatives of external assistance agencies and senior central and local government officials. The Roundtable will seek policy commitment and agreement on the essential requirements for fortifying salt and flour, upgrading regulatory and trade policies, enriching food for the poor, conducting population surveillance and food quality monitoring, and identifying potential follow up activities including larger scale investment projects. (ii) Fortification of salt and flour. In selected pilot sites in poor areas, ACT governments will work with flour millers, bakers, and salt producers to upgrade processing and marketing technology (private sector financed) to use micronutrient enriched salt and wheat flour. The Project will finance a one year supply of fortificants (potassium iodate and an iron based premix) for salt and flour consumed by the poor. Both private companies and state owned companies will be eligible for assistance if they intend to continue fortifying products after the Project. (iii) Support for regulatory authorities. Regulatory authorities will develop food testing instruments and surveys for monitoring the enriched food program for mothers and children. (iv) Social marketing to create demand by the poor. This activity will be managed by NGOs to promote public awareness and acceptance of micronutrient enriched salt and wheat flour, targeting poor consumers.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Reduce the prevalence of iodine deficiency disorders and iron deficiency anemia in Asian countries in transition (ACT), thereby reducing prevalence of poverty through raised intelligence, improved learning, and greater productivity.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Strengthen the food production capacity in ACT by providing the means to fortify salt and flour and

regulate the food sector appropriately.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Roundtable to reach consensus on regional standards for food fortification, marketing and trade

Supply of fortificants and equipment for fortifying salt and flour according to international best practice

Strengthen regulatory capacity for the food sector

Strengthen consumer demand through nongovernment organization (NGO) partnerships

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Uzbekistan

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Michiel Van der Auwera
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,


Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2000
Fact Finding 15 Mar 2000 to 20 Mar 2000
Approval 26 Apr 2001
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 20 Apr 2011

Grant 9005-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Apr 2001 - 26 Apr 2001 31 Aug 2002 31 Mar 2007 30 Mar 2011
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.85 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 26 Apr 2001 0.00 6.56 96%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 6.85 26 Apr 2001 0.00 6.56 96%
Title Document Type Document Date
Grant Assistance to Asian Countries in Transition for Improving Nutrition for Poor Mothers and Children Grant Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Oct 2001
Improving Nutrition for Poor Mothers and Children Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction Mar 2001

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