is a consultant in the business of fortification of staple foods
like wheat flour and vegetable oil with micronutrients such as
folic acid and Vitamin A. This is routinely done in developed
countries, but not in the third world, where the lack of these
essential nutrients leads to birth defects, learning
disabilities, serious illnesses and premature deaths. Including
Quentin, there is a small team of consultants worldwide who have
been working on this and over the past 10 years, and thanks to
their efforts, over half a billion people now have access to
fortified foods in 20 countries, a considerable achievement.
is the goal of the Flour Fortification Initiative
(FFI), an international network of private sector industry,
public sector and civic sectors promoting flour fortification
worldwide, that 70% of the world's population will have access
to fortified food by the end of 2008. This will be achieved when
China comes on board. Quentin has recently been made the
Coordinator of the Technical Training and Support Group of this
are several steps in the process of bringing flour fortification
to a country:
the development of national strategies and action plans,
the preparation of proposals for funding,
advocacy: demonstrating the public health and economic
benefits at senior levels of the Ministry of Health and other
government departments in the country,
dissemination of information with the millers and food
producers using flour,
technical training of the millers themselves (both
sophisticated large mills and small scale mills in rural areas),
development of social marketing programmes to promote the
benefits of fortified foods within the population,
and designing the systems to ensure the long term
sustainability of the program.
is uniquely skilled in all these levels, able to write a
proposal, to deliver the presentation, to liaise with all levels
of government up to the ministers, to roll up his shirt sleeves
and to solve technical problems at the production level. He is
also able to perform in both English and French.
ten years, Quentin has visited more than 60 countries on
the business of staple food fortification, and the list
continues to grow.
story of fortification is a success story, but the cumulative
effect is a significant one. Since 1996, as a member of a team
of ten consultants worldwide, Quentin has helped make fortified
wheat and maize flour available to more than half a billion
people in 22 countries.
Women's Bakery Project in Kabul provided employment for
women under the Taliban, and effectively prevented them
from having to beg on the streets. At the same time it
provided a source of food. Since then, most bakeries
have been taken over by entrepreneurs, allowing women to
be re-employed in tree nurseries, regenerating the nut
and citrus fruit trees.
photo from Peshawar Flour Mill shows the setting up of
the fortification system for the flour that went to the
Women's Bakry Project in Afghanistan. This was a good
example of the excellent cooperation between donors and
US agencies, namely the regional offices of the World
Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization
(WHO) in Cairo.
Domasi Flour Mill in Malawi demonstrated that
fortification in small scale enterprises is both
technically and commercially feasible.
experience of fortification in Nepal was an example of
how very small flour mills can fortify grain without
having to use electricity - where it is not readily
available. This device, which operates entirely by
gravity, was the winner of a World Bank development
clients are mainly UN agencies including:
And international NGOs including:
addition to serving these agencies, Quentin is the Coordinator of the Technical Training
and Support Group of the Flour Fortification Initiative
(FFI), an international network of
private sector industry, public sector and civic sectors
promoting flour fortification worldwide.
visit the Flour Fortification Initiative
for recent updates.
with Mandatory Fortification of Flour with Iron and
East / North Africa
Palestine, Occupied Territory
& Eastern Europe