Joint food fortification project among top 100 proposals for MacArthur $100M Grant

19 February 2020

We are proud to announce that the project proposal Impacting Generations: The Transformative Power of Large-Scale Food Fortification submitted by a consortium comprised of leading organisation Nutrition International, the Center for Spina Bifida Prevention, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, the Food Fortification Initiative, the ReachAnother Foundation, and the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF), has been designated by the MacArthur Foundation as one of the Top 100 proposals in its 100&Change competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges.

Through our project, we want empower countries with high burdens of iron and folate deficiencies to implement large-scale food fortification – helping governments put in place the policies and infrastructure needed to give people access to proper nutrition, as well as setting up monitoring and evaluation systems for sustained and effective food fortification programs.

The Top 100 represent the top 21 percent of competition submissions. The proposals were rigorously vetted, undergoing MacArthur’s initial administrative review, a Peer-to-Peer review, an evaluation by an external panel of judges, and a technical review by specialists whose expertise was matched to the project.

Each proposal was evaluated using four criteria: impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. MacArthur’s Board of Directors will select up to 10 finalists from these high-scoring proposals this spring.

All Top 100 proposals of the 100&Change competition are featured on the newly launched The Bold Solutions Network website. The searchable online collection of submissions contains a project overview, 90-second video, and two-page factsheet for each proposal. Visitors can sort by subject, location, Sustainable Development Goal, or beneficiary population to view proposals based on area of interest.

Find out more about our consortium’s entry