Madhavi Das

Chief Management Services Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority, India

Madhavi has more than twenty five years’ experience in India’s civil service, during which time she has formulated, implemented and led flagship Government schemes in a range fields.  She holds a Masters Degree in Economics and a second Masters in Public Policy and Sustainable Development. As Executive Director of the Pension Fund Regulatory Authority, she has been instrumental in developing financial sector regulation.  She has also been Secretary General of the Apparel Export Promotion Council and held senior posts in the Ministries of Telecommunications, Textiles and Finance.   In her current role she is involved in India’s efforts to introduce large scale fortification of staple foods.

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India’s efforts:  Steps to address micronutrient deficiency through food fortification

Good nutrition is essential to human capital formation.  Malnutrition in all its forms results in poor quality of life, low productivity and high healthcare costs.  India is developing a robust framework to fight malnutrition and the micronutrient diseases that arise from it.  A move towards the fortification of staple foods is at the heart of the programme, supported by other initiatives including dietary diversification, supplementation, infection control and sanitation.  Madhavi’s presentation will describe progress to date, lessons learnt and how government and food manufacturers are working together to improve the nation’s dietary health.

  • Food fortification – a culturally acceptable and affordable quick fix that suits India’s cereal-based food tradition
  • A voluntary programme – the regulatory approach that underpins nationwide food fortification for rice, wheat, oil, milk and salt
  • Encouraging producers – how the Food Safety Standards Authority is working with manufacturers in healthy partnership
  • Looking ahead – progress to date and ambitions for the future


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