• in achieving sustainable improvements in the micronutrient content of diets.

Because continued economic and social deprivation in target populations constrain implementation of interventions and the sustainability of progress, funders should also engage organizations that seek to improve the socioeconomic status in populations suffering micronutrient malnutrition as partners. As socioeconomic conditions gradually improve in many developing societies, it is likely that the private food industry will increasingly influence the nature and nutritional adequacy of the diets in these populations. Initiating constructive working relationships and instilling a sense of responsibility within the food industry are likely to yield stronger and more committed partnerships in preventing micronutrient deficiencies in the future.

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