2015: A Productive Year for Biofortified Crops

Biofortified crops enjoyed a very productive 2015. At the close of the year, nearly 3 million farming households in target countries in Africa and Asia were growing and eating these nutritious staple food crops. Read more about how farmers and their families are reaping the benefits.

 

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 in developing and delivering biofortified nutritious crops, and partnerships and commitments in scaling up biofortification. Also available now is The Kigali Declaration, a major outcome of the conference, reflecting the priorities and commitments of international leaders to end hunger and malnutrition in our lifetime.

Biofortified Nutritious Crops to Feature at Major Micronutrient Conference

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 to Erick Boy, Head of Nutrition at HarvestPlus, “this conference comes on the heels of the highly successful Second Global Conference on Biofortification in Kigali, Rwanda, which engaged high-level policymakers, business and private sector partners on expanding the delivery of biofortified nutritious crops. The Micronutrient Forum global conference is a great opportunity for us to build on the momentum generated in Kigali and to further spread the message about biofortification’s potential to contribute to alleviating hidden hunger among the most affected populations of the world.”

At the conference, HarvestPlus will host a symposium during which we will share more detailed evidence on biofortified nutritious crops. Symposium attendees will also learn how plant breeders can increase micronutrient density of these food crops without sacrificing yield. Additionally, practitioners will share their experience in disseminating and promoting these crops to farmers and consumers in Uganda to improve nutrition and public health. More than one-and-a-half million farmers in Africa and South Asia are already growing and eating these nutritious crop varieties.

HarvestPlus will also have a booth and a team of experts on hand to answer questions.

HarvestPlus is a founding partner of the Micronutrient Forum.

EVENT: Micronutrient Forum Global Conference 2014

DATE: June 2-6, 2014

LOCATION: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

*HarvestPlus-sponsored symposium on June 2: “From evidence to action – scaling up biofortified crops for nutritional impact.” (14:00 – 15:30, Room CR 3)

You may access the HarvestPlus symposium agenda here and the complete conference program on the conference website.