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Endline Assessment of the Fortification of Nutrimix in Selected Panchayats of Wayanad, Kerala

Author: WFP India
Assessment of WFP India’s support to the Government of Kerala to provide fortified THR to young children through the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) during a pilot project.

WFP India  in  collaboration  with the Government  of  Kerala  implemented  a  pilot  project  on fortification  of THR distributed in the  brand  name ‘Amrutham nutrimix’  through ICDS scheme to children aged 6-36 months in Wayanad district of Kerala. Findings shows that fortification  of  nutrimix  distributed  under  ICDS  is  an  operationally  feasible  model. Fortification of nutrimix led to an improvement in folate, Vitamin A, and Vitamin B12 levels of the beneficiaries. Further results shows that anaemia in the intervention area reduced, but not to the levels expected and knowledge  levels  of  caregivers  and others regarding  the  various aspects  of  feeding  practices  of  young  children  improved.