Ending anemia in Cambodia with an iron fish


In Cambodia, millions of people have anemia because their diets don't provide enough iron–and women and children are at greatest risk. The Lucky Iron Fish project offers a clever solution: cook with a piece of iron shaped like a little fish, which releases iron into the food during the cooking process.

Project lead Gavin Armstrong says in the beginning, they offered program participants an iron disc, but nobody wanted to cook with it.

"It didn't make any sense culturally, and so after research it was discovered that the shape of fish was a shape of a symbol of luck in Cambodia," he said.

More in this audio interview, and still more in this video and on the Lucky Iron Fish project website.

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