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Venkatesh Mannar helps address hidden hunger around the world


Venkatesh Mannar, President of the Ottawa-based Micronutrient Initiative, says his organization is actively involved in 20 countries and their micronutrient products reach 70 countries around the world, battling malnutrition and hidden hunger.

Since 2006, the Initiative has increased the number of Pakistani households consuming iodized salt from 17 per cent to 60 per cent. It is a project close to Mannar’s heart – he designed the iodized salt testing kit that is used around the world today.

He has helped develop iodization programs in more than 40 countries, including the highly effective Iodine Deficiency Disorder Program in China with UNICEF and the World Bank, and was a driving force in the development of salt fortified with both iron iodine to help prevent anaemia.

He came to Canada in 1990, and under his leadership Micronutrient Initiative programs have reached 500 million people.

Posted: Jan 31, 2013

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