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
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
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
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
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
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
HarvestPlus will be participating at a major nutrition conference to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from June 2-6. The Micronutrient Forum Global Conference 2014 is themed “Bridging Discovery and Delivery” and aims to create linkages and shared responsibility among various stakeholders, including from the nutrition, health, agriculture, social protection and food security sectors. According >> Read more
PRESS RELEASE: Washington D.C., April 16, 2014. Global policymakers, meeting in Kigali earlier this month at the 2nd Global Conference on Biofortification, committed to making biofortified nutritious foods more widely available in order to improve nutrition and health for millions of people around the world.
The 'Kigali Declaration on Biofortified Nutritious Foods reflect the priorities of participants as they looked at options to tackle hunger and malnutrition through a nutrition-sensitive agricultural lens. We invite you to review this declaration and share your thoughts.
An infographic launched at the global consultation on ‘Getting Nutritious Foods to People’ in Kigali, Rwanda this week, shows just how far nutritious staple food crops have spread in only a few years. It includes countries where governments have released new varieties of nutrient-rich crops and those where new crops are being field tested and evaluated for eventual release.
This global consultation will bring invited stakeholders from government, business and civil society to take action to scale–up and mainstream nutritious food crops. Together, we will identify challenges and create opportunities so that millions more people can enjoy better nutrition and health.