- February 5, 2019
Andhra Pradesh, a coastal state in Southern India, has a high burden of vitamin and mineral deficiencies leading to night blindness, anaemia and various birth defects. To combat malnutrition, in early 2018, Andhra Pradesh announced its plans to distribute fortified rice through government feeding programs in three districts in the first phase and later scale it up to the entire state.
Currently, the rice fortification program includes a batch blending system to blend fortified rice kernels with regular rice. However, there are shortcomings with the batch blending system, which created the need for a new system. To support this effort, Sight and Life, in partnership with Tata Trusts and the Government of Andhra Pradesh, has pioneered an innovative, cost-effective blending process, called continuous blending. This is the first of its kind in India and the first time a continuous blending process is being employed to fortify rice for large-scale government programs.
This knowledge has been captured in a technical brief, Rice Fortification in Andhra Pradesh: Pioneering an Innovative Blending Process to Improve Nutrition Outcomes and includes a step-by-step guide for operationalizing rice fortification, using the continuous blending model. By conceptualizing and operationalizing this model, in a short period of time, we have been able to provide 60 million meals with fortified rice to schoolchildren and pregnant and lactating women in Andhra Pradesh. Building on these successes, Sight and Life endeavors to optimize and expand activities using the continuous blending model, working in partnership with Tata Trusts and state governments in improving nutritional outcomes in India.