Evidence has been the foundation of Fortify Health’s work and mission since we started in 2017.
Fortify Health’s third core workstream is monitoring, evaluation and research (M&E) of ongoing activities. Our M&E work serves three major purposes:
First, to ensure that our partners are fortifying flour in a way that is safe and complies with applicable food regulations and standards set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
Second, to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our programme. Our M&E team works with other Fortify Health colleagues and with our partners to ensure that we are reducing anaemia prevalence among our beneficiaries as much as possible.
Third, to generate evidence about wheat flour fortification. The team conducts research and outreach to inform the public and the scientific community about the potential effectiveness of wheat flour fortification.
What Our M&E Team Does
Quality monitoring - we monitor the quality of the fortified atta that we support partners to produce; and;
Programme monitoring and evaluation - we monitor the effectiveness of our programme in increasing production of fortified atta. We also conduct evaluation studies to collect and analyse data about the impact that our programme is having on our ultimate beneficiaries; and
Research - in the long-term, we collaborate with external institutions and research partners to improve knowledge about anaemia and food fortification.
Our Research Partnerships
The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) is a well-established Indian food research institute and laboratory. The CFTRI conducts research on food production, including the production of flour, and provides training to state officials and food industry professionals. The CFTRI provides training to all of Fortify Health’s team mates in the programmes team and also assists Fortify Health in training staff at Fortify Health’s mill partners.
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) is one of India’s leading universities for research and development in science, engineering and technology. Fortify Health has signed a partnership with the Centre for Rural Development and Technology at IIT Delhi to conduct an important study into Fortify Health’s methods for determining iron rates in our partners’ fortified chakki atta. As part of the partnership, IIT Delhi will offer Fortify Health technical support to guide our review of our testing methods.
You can find more information about our research on our blog, or get in contact with our team at email@example.com.