Component A-Strengthening the Capacity of Salt Industries and Flour Mills Fortified wheat flour production in (i) Kazakhstan. During the period covering July September 2006, the wheat flour fortification was ongoing in all participating countries except for Uzbekistan. Despite the reduced number of participating flour mills (39 mills) during the period July September 2006, total, production of fortified wheat flour (Jan-Sep 2006) was 16% higher than the 2005 production. In Kazakhstan, the CPO and LGBK conducted negotiations with 15 new flour mills, 3 of which informed its intent to start production in November 2006. A local flour fortification workshop was held in Kazakhstan in July 2006 at LGBK's annual conference that addressed the wheat flour fortification issues; discuss partnership plans for the year 2006/2007. In (ii) Kyrgyz Republic. The Government, on the proposal of the country team, has adopted the standards on premix fortified wheat flour and bakery from the fortified wheat flour. In (iii) Mongolia. There has been
a shortage of wheat grain as the country is heavily dependent on importation.
Domestic consultants were recruited to assist the JFPR consultant in introducing
wheat flour fortification technology to the millers. In (iv) Tajikistan - Low wheat flour production is related to the country's dependence on imported wheat flour. To
ensure fortified wheat flour production, micro feeders were procured and installed
at 12 medium scale flour mills and 3 small scale mills. Salt iodization - The quality
salt iodization was ongoing in all participating countries. The amounts of produce
iodized salt by each country also increased, ranging from 44.3% to 94.17% of the total desired amount.
Component B-Strengthening the Capacity of the Governments
(i) Kazakhstan Country Project Office (CPO). Because of the Food Safety Law (enacted in April 2004), the government is adopting a schedule for introducing
wheat flour at large flour mills, from 2007 at medium size flour mills and 2008 at
other types of flour mills. The revised draft on wheat flour fortification law still remains; (ii) Kyrgyz Republic CPO. The revised draft on the law wheat fortification, submitted to the Parliament in May 2005, remains to be acted upon. The Govt has
also adopted several regulations in order to promote a demand for fortified wheat flour: the preferential procurement of wheat flour from public funds, and the mandatory fortification of flour are to be processed form the State Resource Fund. The Ministry of Education has also instructed all educational institutions on the mandatory use of fortified wheat flour and iodized salt for school breakfasts and lunches. However, there is no visible progress or import of their regulations; (iii) Mongolia CPO - assisted in conducting revisions of the national IDD Prevention
Program and also drafted the regulation on monitoring of the quality of fortified wheat flour; (iv) Tajikistan CPO. The legislation on the mandatory fortification of wheat flour has been adopted; (v) Uzbekistan CPO. Parliament has adopted the
draft USI Law on the hearing.
Component C-Social Mobilization and Poverty Targeting
(i) Kazakhstan CPO. Confederation of the Nongovernmental Organization of Kazakhstan (CNOK) has arranged local activities on food fortification advocacy through its provincial branches. A youth conference was held in September 2006 in Akmola province on promotion of food fortification. A survey was also conducted whereby awareness on fortified food produces has increased from an initial 35% to 75%; (ii) Kyrgyz Republic CPO. The CPO finalized the workplan on NGOs and selected 8 NGOs to implement the communication and social mobilization activities; (iii) Mongolia CPO - took active part in celebrating the National IDD Prevention day
in September 2006; (iv) Tajikistan CPO. Conducted a workshop for the mass media in August 2006 which involved the editors from the national and local newspapers and TV broadcasting. The workshop's objective was food fortification advocacy and promotion of fortified food products.
Component D-Project Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation
A regional Mid-Term Review workshop was held from 11 to 14 September 2006 in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Mid Term review was aimed at jointly examining the
progress and analyzing the obstacles of the Project with the view to identify and
discuss key strategic actions to be undertaken in each country and by RCAO and
KAN during the remaining project period. The audit findings in Kazakhstan showed the need to improve the quality of reports by the NGOs, a weak control on the routine transaction works for the CPO. The auditors also noted that the CPO was not granted the VAT elimination though this was stated in the agreement between GOK and ADB. The auditors also noted some deficiencies in the project accounts in the countries of Kyrgyz, Mongolia and Tajikistan. Recommendations were given to improve the reporting system.