Nutrition International

Nutrition International, formerly the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), is an international non-profit agency based in Canada that works to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies in developing countries.[2] Although often in very small amounts by the body. Essentially, vitamins and minerals – also called micronutrients – support an array of important biological functions, including development, immune function and eye function, as well as embryonic development of the brain, nervous system. and skeletal system. Micronutrient lacks are a type of unhealthiness and a perceived medical condition in many emerging nations [3] Globally, more than two billion people live with vitamin and mineral deficiencies.


In 1990, leaders participating in the World Summit for Children set the goal of virtually eliminating micronutrient deficiencies. [5] In 1992, the Micronutrient Initiative was established as a secretariat within the International Development Research Center (IDRC) located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to support progress toward that goal. In 1993 IDRC selected an Executive Director for the Secretariat and moved 2-3 of its staff to the new association. [6] Venkatesh Mannar took over as executive director in June 1994. Until 2000, MI was administered by a steering committee composed of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Center for International Development Research, UNICEF, the World Bank and USAID. In 2000, MI became an independent non-profit organization. [7] Joel Spicer became president in February 2014. [8] In 2017, the organization formally rebranded Nutrition International to more accurately reflect the scope, reach and impact of its expansion. [9]


The organization provides funding and technical support for salt iodization, distribution of multi-micronutrient powders, fortification of staple foods such as wheat flour with vitamin A, iron and folic acid, and dietary supplementation with vitamin A, iron . Zinc and Folic Acid. Starting around 1997, with subsidizing support from the Government of Canada, Nutrition International has given in excess of eight billion dosages of vitamin A for use by UNICEF and public state run administrations.


Nutrition International is credited with playing a leading role in involving corporations and trade associations at both a global and national level in partnerships to improve nutrition. [11]


Nutrition International's staff includes scientists, nutritionists and policy and development experts. In addition to its headquarters in Ottawa, the organization has offices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Pakistan. [12]


International Nutrition Programs 

children under five

Provides micronutrients necessary for children to survive and thrive. Well-nourished children have stronger immune systems and improved overall health, making them more resistant to illness and disease, with better outcomes for brain development and human potential.


adolescent girls

Well-nourished girls have better access to education, learn better, earn more over their lifetime, and can contribute better to their families, communities, and countries.


pregnant women and newborns

Work on the strength of ladies and their infants by supporting ladies' sustenance from origination to post pregnancy and by supporting early and elite breastfeeding. 


Women and girls can have better opportunities to earn, learn, grow and lead if they have adequate nutrition. They should be strong advocates for their own health and nutrition.



These are linked by research, technical assistance, advocacy and partnerships to improve policies and programmes, and increase resources that help governments implement nutrition initiatives.


general population

They are committed to reducing malnutrition for all people, leading salt iodization and food fortification initiatives that can effectively combat widespread micronutrient deficiencies.


how do they help

infant and young child nutrition

The Nutrition International Infant and Young Child Nutrition Program promotes exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding, which are essential for children to obtain all the nutrients they need for healthy development.


adolescent nutrition

Nutrition International provides proven nutritional interventions, provides nutrition education, and integrates nutrition into new platforms to improve the well-being of adolescents, especially girls.


maternal and newborn health

Nutrition International Maternal and newborn health are linked. Good nutrition in the first 1,000 days supports a healthy start for babies, while pregnant women need good nutrition for the health of themselves and their babies.



Supplement provides a simple, low-cost solution that saves and improves the lives of children, adolescent girls and women.



Large-scale food fortification of the most commonly consumed staple foods and spices is a proven, sustainable and cost-effective solution to address some of the most common micronutrient deficiencies.


nutrition education

Well-nourished teens are healthier and do better in school. More education leads to better long term health and better nutrition. Adolescence is the time to establish a healthy diet.


gender equality

We apply a gender lens to all of our programs, projects and partnerships to ensure that women and girls are empowered to advocate for their own health and nutrition.


behavior change

We take an evidence-based social marketing approach to design and implement behavior change interventions that include creating an enabling environment through social and policy changes.



Through our research, technical assistance, partnerships and support, we improve nutrition policies and programs and increase resources for nutrition around the world.



The health of women and adolescent girls is at the heart of all the activities of NLIFT. Our mission to improve women's nutrition and support women's equality and agency is embedded in each of our investments.

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