"We are thrilled to partner with Abbott and the Abbott Fund on this very important project. With their technical and financial support, we will develop models for scaling fortified rice through rice supply chains and public-sector distribution channels that reach the most nutritionally vulnerable populations in India," said Dipika Matthias, director of PATH's Ultra Rice project.
Vivek Mohan, managing director, Abbott India, said, "Abbott is deeply committed to improving the health and well-being of people in India. Our partnership with PATH will advance one of the most cost-effective strategies for addressing micronutrient malnutrition in India. At the same time, through collaborations with local manufacturers and rice millers, this initiative will build and empower local capacity by strengthening local distribution chains."
"PATH is a pioneer in advancing culturally appropriate and cost-effective solutions to malnutrition and other critical health challenges. By sharing Abbott's technical expertise and applying the resources of the Abbott Fund, we look forward to helping PATH to expand the market for fortified rice, which holds great potential for reducing malnutrition in India and around the world," said Katherine Pickus, vice president, the Abbott Fund, and divisional vice president, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott.
Ultra Rice Offers Significant Opportunity to Prevent Malnutrition
Micronutrient malnutrition is characterized by a lack of essential vitamins and minerals, which can compromise children's immune systems as well as their physical and cognitive development during formative years of growth.
PATH's Ultra Rice® fortification technology is a micronutrient delivery system that packs vitamins and minerals into rice-shaped "grains" made from rice flour and manufactured using
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