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Strengthening Links Between Nutrition, Health Outcomes, and Agricultural Research

The June issue of the journal Food Security featured a special section: Strengthening the links between nutrition and health outcomes and agricultural research. This special section looks beyond production and consumption within farming households; it explores how to increase access to, and impact of, nutritious, safe and sustainably-produced food through markets, food environments, and enabling >> Read more

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Going Global: Annual Report 2014

Our 2014 annual report reflects the growing reach of biofortified nutritious staple food crops, now being grown by farmers in dozens of countries. From Nollywood movies and pop songs extolling the benefits that these foods can provide to new scientific evidence to back it all up, biofortification is truly going global.  Read the report in magazine >> Read more

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Deadline Extended! WHO Calls for Biofortification Researchers

The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations’ specialized agency responsible for international public health, has announced a special consultation on biofortified crops to be held on April 5-8, 2016 in New York City. Co-convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Sackler Institute of Nutrition Science, the gathering will >> Read more

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Scaling up Biofortification: Better Crops, Better Nutrition Webinar Invite

Please join us for a live seminar, brought to you by the USAID Bureau For Food Security, on Scaling Up Biofortification: Better Crops, Better Nutrition.  This event will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 online. To register for the webinar, please follow this link. Find out more about this special event here. Speakers: Dr. Howarth >> Read more

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AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Meets with HarvestPlus

Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture recently received Dr. Howarth Bouis, Director of Harvest Plus and Dr. Anna-Marie Ball the Head of Africa Strategic Alliances, Harvest Plus to discuss scaling up biofortification in Africa at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on April 27. Commissioner Tumusiime applauded HarvestPlus’ >> Read more

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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