Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Eduardo Mondlane University,
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Micronutrient malnutrition is public health concern over the world. The concern is severe in developing countries due to poverty, non-availability of food, poor quality of the staple food, ignorance and wrong selection the available food. Micronutrient malnutrition disturbs more than a thirty of the total population in the globe. In developing countries more than 50% of children younger than five years of age are iron deficient and approximately 40% children at the same age are vitamin A deficient, on which more than a million of children passing away per year. 18 million of children borne with mental impairments, due to iodine deficiency of the mother during the pregnancy. Among several strategies to address micronutrient deficiency, the food fortification is the most cost-effective, practically feasible strategy in the short term.
Aims and Scope: The aims of this special issue is to improve the quality of staple food supplied to the population at risk of micronutrient deficiencies in developing countries To identify local staple foods which could be fortified To address micronutrient deficiency in developing countries based on local staple food To add nutritional value to local staple food