New from Biofort Conference

Uganda’s Speaker of the Parliament Launches Up-scaling of Orange Sweet Potato

HarvestPlus recently launched the up-scaling of orange sweet potato in Uganda at an event marked by participation of key partners and dignitaries. The event was launched under the theme, “Biofortification: A new way to reduce micronutrient deficiencies.” Uganda’s Speaker of the Parliament, Ms. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga participated in this launch event on February 11, 2015. >> Read more

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HarvestPlus Director Speaks on the Power of Biofortification at SAIS

HarvestPlus Director Howarth Bouis gave a talk on “The Power of Biofortification” at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC on March 3. This event was part of the Global Issues in Agriculture Speaker series organized by SAIS, a top graduate school that focuses on international affairs, economics, diplomacy, and policy >> Read more

Connecting Farmers to Markets: A New Report from World Food Programme

The World Food Programme (WFP) has just released a new report: The P4P story – Connecting farmers to markets. Purchase for Progress (P4P) is a five year pilot project of the WFP that has transformed the lives of smallholder farmers in 20 developing countries. According to the report, P4P links WFP’s demand for staple food >> Read more

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Global Panel Launches New Policy Brief on Biofortification

The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition has just released a new policy brief focused on biofortification. Titled Biofortification: An Agricultural Investment for Nutrition, the brief urges policymakers to adopt biofortification as a “nutrient-sensitive national agricultural research and investment strategy.” It includes technical evidence on the nutritional benefits of biofortified crops, particularly >> Read more

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Mapping for Investments in Biofortification: HarvestPlus Launches Interactive New Tool

A new, interactive online tool is now available to guide stakeholders in deciding where, and in which biofortified crops, to invest. The Biofortification Priority Index (BPI), which focuses on three micronutrients—iron, vitamin A, and zinc—allows users to search and sort through three easy-to-use drop down menus, with results displayed on a color-coded map according to crop, region, and >> Read more

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Countries Endorse Biofortification at ICN2 in Rome

The recently concluded Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome, Italy, identified utrition-sensitive agriculture as one of the priorities in the quest to end global hunger and malnutrition by 2025. Delegates, including high-level representatives from Bangladesh, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Uganda highlighted biofortification among strategies to achieve that goal.Scaling up access to biofortified nutritious foods >> Read more

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Rwandan Music Stars Unite to Promote Iron Beans

During the Second Global Conference on Biofortification in Kigali, Rwanda, delegates saw firsthand iron beans growing in the field.  Released by the Rwandan Government in 2011, these nutritious varieties of Rwanda’s favorite staple food are currently being planted by more than 700,000 farmers across the country. Now, a campaign utilizing the power of popular music >> Read more

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Out Now: Second Global Biofortification Conference Report

The final report of the Second Global Conference on Biofortification, which was held in Rwanda earlier this year, is now available. Themed “Getting Nutritious Foods to People”, this global consultation brought together some 300 high-level participants drawn from government, business and the private sector. The conference report highlights key outcomes, including progress and lessons learned >> Read more

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New Progress Briefs on Biofortification

HarvestPlus has released a set of briefs on progress to date in biofortification. These briefs present: the status of crop development; evidence on nutrition, consumer acceptance, and cost-effectiveness; and, crop delivery experiences. Readers interested in learning more about these topics can follow the references to journal articles and working papers that underpin many of the >> Read more

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Global Panel Discusses Collaboration to Reach More People with Nutritious Foods

At the recently concluded Second Global Conference on Biofortification in Kigali, Rwanda, a panel of eminent stakeholders deliberated on how to scale up the delivery of biofortified nutritious foods in order to improve nutrition and health for millions more people around the world. The session was convened by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food >> Read more

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