INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx), an analysis and visualization tool for data on food fortification. Food fortification adds essential vitamins and minerals, called micronutrients, to commonly consumed foods to prevent nutritional deficiencies. We call these commonly consumed foods that can be fortified food vehicles because they “deliver” nutrients.

Food fortification is one of the most scalable, sustainable and cost-effective interventions to combat micronutrient malnutrition.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies affect people globally – impacting their health and limiting their ability to contribute to the economic well-being of their communities and countries.

Designed for, and by the fortification community, the GFDx provides all the data necessary to track global progress on food fortification, and to enable decision makers to use data to improve the quality of national fortification programs.

DATA

The GFDx aggregates and visualizes data on five commonly fortified foods: maize flour, edible oil, rice, salt, and wheat flour. The GFDx includes indicators on food fortification legislation from 1940 to the present, fortification standards, food availability, and intake for over 190 countries. Within the GFDx site, you are able to generate custom maps, charts, and tables or download data for offline analysis. The GFDx will be continually updated as new data and information become available.

Data on proportion of food industrially processed, availability of regulatory monitoring protocols, fortification quality, and population coverage will be added soon.

Get in touch to share your experience with the GFDx, contribute your data, or learn how to get involved. Sign up to receive updates as new data and features are added.

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Country Fortification Dashboard

New Feature!

Country Fortification Dashboard

Summary of food fortification data by country

Legislation Status

Map: Fortification Legislation

Map of legal status of food fortification by country (filter to select indicators and parameters)

Chart: Year When Food Fortification Mandated

Chart of the number of countries with mandatory food fortification over time (filter by specific food vehicle(s))

Fortification Standards

Map: Number of Food Vehicles with Standards

Map counting the number of food vehicles with fortification standards by country (filter to select indicators and parameters)

Map: Nutrient Levels in Fortification Standards [mid-range or average]

Map displaying the amount of each nutrient required in food vehicles by country (filter to select indicators and parameters)

Map: Count of Nutrients in Standards

Map counting the number of nutrients required in food vehicles by country (filter to select indicators and parameters)

Food Intake & Availability

Map: Food Intake and Availability

Map of the average annual amount of food available or consumed per capita by country (filter to select indicators and parameters)

Chart: Total Food Availability

Chart showing total annual food supply available for human consumption by country (filter to select indicators and parameters)

Full GFDx Datasets

CHECK BACK FOR ADDITIONAL INDICATORS COMING SOON, INCLUDING REGULATORY MONITORING PROTOCOLS, FORTIFICATION QUALITY, AND MORE!

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ABOUT THE GFDx

The Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) is an online tool, which provides unparalleled access to critical data on food fortification, all in one place, as well as tools to aid in analysis and visualization.

The GFDx was designed to empower governments, donors, implementing agencies, and other members of the global health and development community to reach populations affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies with data-driven policy and programs. The GFDx aggregates and visualizes data to inform the planning, resourcing, implementation, and evaluation of food fortification programs. This tool was designed to make existing global datasets open, discoverable and understandable and to enable decision makers to answer critical questions like:

Photo Credit: GAIN

Photo Credit: GAIN

  • What foods are fortified with nutrients to support population health in your home country? How much of those foods are consumed?
  • How much maize flour, edible oil, rice, salt, or wheat flour is available or consumed in a given country?
  • Which countries have mandatory fortification legislation and for which foods?
  • In countries with fortification standards, what nutrients are required to be included in fortified foods?
  • What are the fortification standards in neighboring countries and trading partners?
  • How has the expansion of fortification legislation evolved over time, and for which foods?

All of the data in the GFDx comes from countries and national programs. Some had already been compiled globally, but in independently managed, separate databases for each food. Other important food fortification data only exist in national databases. Consolidating available data for all five foods allows national decision-makers to more holistically view their fortification programs, identify gaps, and make comparisons across foods and between countries. Importantly, compiling national and global data and consolidating data sets across standardized indicators reflects the need for a collaborative and crosscutting partnership in fortification in order to improve diets globally.

Designed by the fortification community, the GFDx relies on the cooperation of both providers and users of data to help reach our aspiration for an improved data landscape in food fortification.

The GFDx is brought to you by FFI, GAIN, IGN and the Micronutrient Forum.

Developed as a joint effort by the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Iodine Global Network (IGN), and Micronutrient Forum, the GFDx represents a significant step forward in the effort to improve the availability, stewardship and presentation of fortification data. From non-profit organizations to government to private industry, a broad range of actors must come together for fortification programs to be successful. As more countries begin to adopt food fortification programs, these stakeholders raised a call for better data accessibility to inform policy and identify populations in need, formalized in the 2015 Arusha Statement on Food Fortification.

We would like to acknowledge the Global Fortification Technical Advisory Group (GF-TAG) for their contributions to the launch of the GFDx, including providing technical input and feedback on the development of core indicators.

SHARE YOUR DATA

Call to Action to Share Your Food Fortification Data

We believe that better data transparency can drive better outcomes by supporting informed programs and effective policy.

We encourage governments, nongovernmental agencies, program implementers, donors, academia, and private sector to commit to greater data transparency and coordination to ensure that food fortification programs are optimally implemented for the populations who need them most. If your government, agency, institution, or company would like to contribute data to the GFDx, we want to hear from you! We will take data contributions on any one or more foods, any one or more countries, and in any language. Please contact us by using the form below.

CONTACT US

Whether you want to share your experience of using the GFDx, contribute data, suggest improvements to the GFDx, or provide any other comments and feedback, please contact us to join the discussion.


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