Odisha is a nutritionally vulnerable state with high levels of micronutrient malnutrition (MNM), 65% of children between 6-59 months of age as well as 6 out of every 10 women and one-fourth of men in the reproductive age group are anemic as per the National Family Health Survey (2005-'06). The Clinical, Anthropometric and Biochemical (CAB), 2014 data suggests that anemia prevalence in Dhenkanal district among school children aged 5-9 years is 76.2%, whereas among children aged 10-17 years is 64.6%. Addressing micronutrient deficiencies is an essential part of efforts to reduce the levels of malnutrition. Micronutrient malnutrition is prevalent in all age and socioeconomic group. Fortification is a preventive measure for micronutrient malnutrition. In the state of Odisha, fortified cooked meals are served to school children to address micronutrient malnutrition.

SOVA engages in fortification of cooked rice with FRK (Fortified Rice Kernel) in 835 schools across half of Dhenkanal district with student coverage more than 60000.

To add more value to the intervention, SOVA has proposed to develop kitchen gardens; in sample 10% of schools. The proposal has been discussed with the school administrators and has received wide acceptance. After implementation over a 1-year period, it shall be expanded to cover rest of schools.

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) is a part of Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the project. The NIN approved micronutrient composition for the project is as follow:


Fortified rice served to children between 11-14 years of age (Upper primary school children)

Fortified rice served to children between 06-10 years of age (Primary school children)



18 mg

12 mg


8 mg

5.33 mg

Vitamin A

300 μg

200 μg 

Vitamin B12

0.5 μg

0.33 μg

Folic Acid

75 μg

50 μg


0.7 mg

0.46 mg