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Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference 2020: CONNECTED

“Building New Evidence and Alliances for Improving Nutrition”


The COVID-19 global pandemic has meant a physical conference in Bangkok is no longer possible. We are announcing that the 5th Global Conference will now be virtual and CONNECTED.

CONNECTED means both the digital nature of the event and the chance to collaborate and connect on the conference digital platform. We plan to make this one of the best virtual events with the same strong programming, engaged attendees and interactive opportunities.

  • A combination of live and on-demand sessions
  • Live, virtual opening ceremony on November 9, 2020
  • Conference programming delivered over a longer period of time
  • Opportunities for virtual interaction among delegates, sponsors and speakers
  • Live Q&As with speakers
  • Facilitated discussions
  • Strong regional Asian programming that honours the work that our Local Organizing Committee prepared when the conference was planned for Bangkok 

Micronutrients are at the heart of the potential of food systems to deliver optimal health. Food systems are at the heart of determining what people eat. The Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference will cover the broad spectrum of micronutrients – research, efficacy and safety, implementation and the policy and enabling environment. In addition, the conference will take a deep dive into how micronutrients might be optimized and protected within food systems.The Micronutrient Forum is striving to ensure greater participation from the agriculture, manufacturing, processing and distribution, retail and culinary sectors, to widen the conversation and drive multi-sectoral innovation towards sustainable solutions. The Micronutrient Forum 5th Conference provides the opportunity for sharing new micronutrient research with a diverse audience across four focused tracks.

Track One: Micronutrient Biology and Status Assessment

Objective: The biology of micronutrient nutrition and status assessment.


  • Benchmarks, methods and metrics for improving the food systems and micronutrient delivery.
  • Absorption, metabolism and interaction of micronutrients.
  • Micronutrients and the double burden of noncommunicable diseases.
  • Effects of genetics, infection/inflammation, and other environmental exposures, on micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Innovations and updates in assessment of micronutrient status: epidemiology and global prevalence of the micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Innovative technologies for micronutrient delivery.

Track Two: Efficacy and Safety of Micronutrient Interventions

Objective: The efficacy and safety of micronutrient interventions on micronutrient intake, status and related functional outcomes.


  • Efficacy and effectiveness of food system value chain interventions.
  • The implications of climate change on micronutrient status.
  • Agricultural interventions and micronutrient status/intakes.
  • Multiple micronutrient powdersand reduction of anemia prevalence.
  • Effectiveness of food fortification.
  • Impact of interventions on micronutrient status and functional outcomes.
  • Dosage, duration and frequency of additional micronutrient delivery throughout the lifecycle.
  • Safety considerations of implementing concurrent micronutrient interventions.

Track Three: Program Effectiveness

Objective: Bridging the gap between evidence and implementation to optimize the scale-up of micronutrient interventions.


  • Dietary patterns, nutrient intakes, and food safety.
  • Advances in large scale food fortification.
  • Filling gaps in micronutrient data: Use of modeling tools and dietary data for program decisions.
  • Frameworks and tools for successful program design and implementation.
  • Experiences from implementation science.
  • Innovative program or delivery models, including multi-sectoral interventions.
  • Monitoring, surveillance, and evaluation for program improvement.
  • Experiences and lessons learned from country programs.

Track Four: Designing Enabling Environments for Micronutrients

Objective: Engaging new actors and building new alliances, and expanding the field of view to include global, regional and national policy considerations, financing, innovative partnerships, climate change, communications, social marketing and advocacy.


  • Value propositions across the value chain.
  • Market shaping for micronutrients.
  • Solutions to engagement with the private sector to invest and support high quality foods.
  • Rethinking the investment case.
  • Multisectoral engagement to make food systems deliver on nutrition.
  • Cost-effectiveness of delivering micronutrient interventions at scale.
  • Effective and responsible policies, programs and business models.
  • Creating and sustaining effective leadership, communication, capacity development and advocacy.

CONNECTED Proceedings

The Sight and Life Special Report focusing on the Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference: CONNECTED is available here



Micronutrient Forum Leadership Conference Committee

Klaus Kraemer (Chair)
Sight and Life

Lindsay Allen
United States of America Department of Agriculture

Kenneth H. Brown
Department of Nutrition,
University of California, Davis

Maria Elena Jefferds
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Roland Kupka

Daniel Raiten
U.S. National Institutes of Health

Emorn Udomkesmalee
Mahidol University, Thailand

Global Conference 2020 Program Committee

Maria Elena Jefferds
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Global Conference Committee members

Lindsay Allen
United States of America Department of Agriculture

Kenneth H. Brown
Department of Nutrition,
University of California, Davis

Klaus Kraemer
Sight and Life

Lynnette Neufeld
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Emorn Udomkesmalee
Mahidol University

Dan Raiten
National Institutes of Health

Saskia Osendarp
Micronutrient Forum

Erick Boy
Harvest Plus

Rebecca Heidkamp
Johns Hopkins University

Sant-Rayn Pasricha
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Dan Roth
University of Toronto

Parmi Suchdev
Emory University

Anabelle Bonvecchio

Patrizia Fracassi
Scaling Up Nutrition

Deanna Olney

Ismail Çakmak
Sabanci University

Rolf Klemm
Helen Keller International

Jackie Kung’u
Nutrition International

Ziauddin Hyder
World Bank

Nita Dalmiya

Lisa Rogers
World Health Organization

Jesse Gregory
University of Florida

Sophie Moore
Kings College London

Nancy Aburto
UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Denish Moorthy
USAID Advancing Nutrition

Saskia de Pee
World Food Programme

Global Conference 2020 Local Organizing Committee

Emorn Udomkesmalee
Mahidol University

Committee Members

Howarth Bouis
International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, DC, USA

Rina Agustina
Head of Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC)
Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute (IMERI)
Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia

Technical Experts

Pattanee Winichagoon
Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University

Ladda Mosuwan
Local Co-Host
Nutrition Association of Thailand (NAT)

Tippawan Pongcharoen
Assistant Secretary General
Institute of Nutrition
Mahidol University


Somsri Charoenkiatkul
Nutrition Association of Thailand (NAT)

Anadi Nitithamyong
Local Co-host
Food Science and Technology Association of Thailand (FoSTAT)

Nipa Rojroongwasinkul
Secretary General
Institute of Nutrition
Mahidol University

Thananyapond Arayanimitsakul
Assistant Secretary General

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