Wyndham Casablanca Jakarta, 8 May 2024

The Government of Indonesia has established mandatory food fortification regulations for salt with iodine, wheat flour with Fe, Zn, vitamins B1, B2, and B9, and palm cooking oil with Vitamin A. Monitoring compliance with mandatory food fortification regulations, monitoring household and individual access to fortified food and the adequacy level of its consumption, as well as evaluating its impact on improving the community's micronutrient status, are important substances to measure performance and support the achievement of food fortification policy objectives.

Indonesian Nutrition Foundation for Food Fortification (KFI), with help from the International Center for Nutrition Studies (ICONS), Faculty of Public Health, Hasanuddin University, has put together the KFI Draft Proposal for an effective and sustainable large-scale food fortification monitoring and evaluation system. To discuss and refine the KFI Draft Proposal, KFI held a focus group discussion (FGD) meeting in a hybrid at the Wyndham Casablanca Hotel in Jakarta and via Zoom. This activity occurred on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. WIB. The event started with a welcome from Dr. Nina Sardjunani, Director of KFI and continued with remarks from Mrs. Endang Sulastri, S.Sos, MPP, Director of Public Health and Nutrition, Bappenas. The event was attended by 44 participants offline and 14 participants online. The event brought people from various ministries, institutions, local governments, industry associations, government partner agencies, international NGOs, and universities.

FGD on KFI Draft Proposal on FPBB Program Monitoring and Evaluation System attended by FPBB forum members online or offline.

In her remarks, Dr. Nina Sardjunani said that the KFI draft proposal on the FPBB monitoring and evaluation system in Indonesia is in line with KFI's mission, especially missions No. 2, 3, and 4, which are:

  • Advocate national and subnational policy maker in planning, controlling and evaluating mandatory food fortification
  • Provide technical assistance to build the capacity of industry, government officer, academia, and organizations who have interest in promoting fortification as strategy to control hidden hunger and poverty through improvement of health, productivity and quality of life.
  • Facilitate the establishment of LSFF PPP forum and maintain the sustainability of the forum in assuring the implementation of effective mandatory FF to achieve its objective.

Dr. Nina Sardjunani also shared some of KFI's roles in the FPBB, such as advocating for the amendment of MOT Regulation No. 36 of 2023 about import policies and regulations that affect wheat flour fortification in Indonesia, helping set up and coordinate FPBB forums, drafting policies incorporated into the social transformation agenda and social, cultural, and energy resilience, discussed the concept of fortification coordination forums, the idea of academic studies of FPBB strategic policies for 2025-2045, the idea of monitoring and evaluation systems, and the concept of FPBB communication strategies. Through this FGD forum, Dr. Nina Sardjunani expected input and suggestions from all participants to finalize the FPBB Monitoring and Evaluation System document into a legal document and to translate the FPBB Monitoring and Evaluation System document into a reference for the implementation of monitoring and evaluation for each mandatory food fortification commodity.

Opening speech by Dr. Nina Sardjunani (left) and remarks by Plt. Director of Public Health and Nutrition, Bappenas (right)

Meanwhile, Mrs. Endang Sulastri, S.Sos, MPP, thanked KFI and ICONS-UNHAS for putting together the draft monitoring and evaluation system for the FPBB program. She said it'd be an excellent reference for monitoring and evaluating all commodities and all parties. The FPBB Monitoring and Evaluation draft is part of a series of activities related to the FPBB forum. Ms. Endang Sulastri, S.Sos, MPP, also said that the FPBB monitoring and evaluation system is essential to see the impact of the FPBB program in Indonesia and can be the basis for data-based policy making in the future. She also invited all participants to work with FPBB on the draft monitoring and evaluation. She hopes that participants can provide input and suggestions in developing this draft.

The presentation of the KFI Draft Proposal on the Large-Scale Food Fortification Monitoring and Evaluation System in Indonesia was delivered by Mr. Sunarno and moderated by Prof. Dr. dr. Abdul Razak Thaha, M.Sc.

Mr. Sunarno gave a presentation on the KFI Draft Proposal on Large-Scale Food Fortification Monitoring and Evaluation System in Indonesia, which was moderated by Prof. Dr. dr. Abdul Razak Thaha, M.Sc. He explained the background of the FPBB monitoring and evaluation system. He also covered the following topics: the background of the FPBB monitoring and evaluation system, a review of FPBB monitoring and evaluation, the iodized salt monitoring system, the wheat flour monitoring system, the monitoring system for vitamin A content of packaged palm cooking oil, the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of food fortification at the household/individual level, and the follow-up monitoring and evaluation of mandatory food fortification. He also explained the purpose of monitoring each commodity, how monitoring is carried out (through internal, commercial, and import monitoring), the government authority responsible for monitoring and supervision systems, how monitoring and reporting results are coordinated, and the current monitoring system for each commodity.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this activity and shared their ideas. KFI and ICONS really appreciate all the contributions from everyone who took part. All the ideas and suggestions will be included in the final draft of the monitoring and evaluation system for the FPBB program.

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