WFP's efforts focus on both product development and creation of market linkages. A number of possibilities are being explored for fortified products, including bio-fortified rice or Nutririce, edible oils, rice noodles, and low-cost, read-to-use-food. WFP also supports a feasibility study to assess these different options and, based on the results, provide technical support and fortification-related equipment for the option(s) with the greatest potential. WFP is working with the private sector, the Government and international organisations with expertise in micronutrient deficiencies to carry out these activities.
The delivered products will directly reduce micro-nutrient deficiencies such as anaemia, and WFP will help link these products to markets. Products may be used in activities under the WFP Country Programme, as well as in emergency operations. As the Lao Government gradually takes over WFP-supported programs, it will create local market demand.