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.
|Project Name||Improving Nutrition for Poor Mothers and Children in Asian Countries in Transition|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|Sector / Subsector||
Health / Health sector development and reform
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Gender equity|
|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.|
|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|
|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)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Van der Auwera, Michiel|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|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|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|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%|
|Cofinancing||6.85||26 Apr 2001||0.00||6.56||96%|
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|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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