It’s World Folic Acid Awareness Week! ReachAnother’s partner, IF Global, organizes an annual awareness week for primary prevention of neural tube defects, which is held this year from January 3 to 9, 2022.

A lack of folic acid (an important B vitamin) can increase the risk of babies developing preventable birth defects of the brain and spine, such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Large-scale food fortification with nutrients like folic acid is key to achieving a healthier, more equitable food system. When even the poorest households have access to a baseline of essential vitamins and minerals, well-being improves and societies become more resilient in times of crisis.