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Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)/ Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN)

Industrial trans fatty acids replacement in Pakistan and Nigeria

Status: Complete

GAIN seeks to create a world without malnutrition, where all people, especially those most vulnerable, have access to and consume nutritious and safe food. GAIN is the co-host of Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) which is a global platform that is dedicated to the reduction of malnutrition through the involvement of businesses that invest and innovate actions to improve nutrition.

With the support of LINKS, GAIN conducted a pilot project to promote the replacement of iTFA in Pakistan and Nigeria. The project was a business-to-business initiative aiming to leverage the expertise of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) in iTFA replacement. The project lasted from April 2019 to June 2020 and some of its key objectives included: research on iTFA consumption and in-country replacement solutions, organization of multiple iTFA replacement workshops with input from members of the International Food and Beverage Alliance, and support to companies for the identification/implementation of iTFA replacement solutions.

“The lack of data on dietary intake of trans fat complicates the ability to design programs that tackle the challenge of cardiovascular disease. The LINKS grant will lead to better knowledge of trans fat in the food chain and deliver tools that small and medium enterprises from emerging economies can use to replace trans fat.”

Laurene Aubert, Senior Associate for Global Partnerships at GAIN

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See reports and outcomes below

Overall project report -

Pakistan mapping report -

Nigeria mapping report -

Key outcomes of the Karachi workshop -

Key outcomes of the Lagos workshop -