A Global Policy Consultation on ‘Getting Nutritious Foods to People’, Why Now?

HarvestPlus leads a global effort to improve nutrition and public health by developing and disseminating staple food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals. In recent years, several nutritious biofortified crops have been released in eight different countries with promising results.

The time has now come to scale up delivery of these crops and mainstream biofortification. A Global Consultation, entitled ‘Getting Nutritious Foods to People’ will be held from March 31 to April 2, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda, between invited key players from government, business and civil society organizations. This will provide an opportunity to build and enhance partnerships.

“We have to get all these different sectors talking to one another, understanding what their individual roles are, and seeing how we can best coordinate our activities,” says HarvestPlus Director, Howarth Bouis. “At the end of the conference we want people from all of these sectors to have specific ideas on activities that we can undertake to work together to mainstream biofortification.”

We now have an exciting program and lineup of speakers.

(A bit of history: In 2010, the First Global Conference on Biofortification took stock of research, identified gaps in knowledge, raised visibility, and began to build stakeholder buy-in for biofortification. This global consultation is second in a series of planned conferences. You can find out more about the first conference here.)

Howarth Bouis shares his thoughts on why he has called for this global consultation: