News from Flagship Two: Biofortification

Micronutrient deficiency affects approximately 2 billion people globally and is caused by poor-quality diets resulting in low intakes of key micronutrients. Children who are micronutrient deficient in early childhood are at a much higher risk of infections, and less able to recover than healthy children.

Biofortification uses plant breeding to improve the nutritional content of food crops, especially staple foods that poor people already consume, in order to reduce inadequate intakes and micronutrient deficiency in the most at-risk populations. A4NH's work in this area builds on the strong track record of HarvestPlus, which leads the flagship, working to develop and deliver new, more nutritious varieties of staple food crops that provide higher amounts of vitamin A, iron, or zinc. By the end of 2016, more than 140 biofortified varieties of 10 crops were released in over 30 countries.

To learn more about A4NH's work on Biofortification, please visit the Biofortification Flagship page.

Below are news stories, blog posts, and other information that help inform research and progress in this area.

New interactive tool maps biofortification priorities

Last week, HarvestPlus, a key component of A4NH's Flagship area on biofortification, launched an exciting interactive tool to help stakeholders decide where and how to invest in biofortification around the world.

What’s Next for Biofortification in Africa Post-Kigali?

HarvestPlus is hosting a series of five webinars to follow up on the Second Global Conference on Biofortification that was held earlier this year in Kigali, Rwanda.  The webinars, each focused on different sectors and regions, will discuss how best to integrate biofortified nutritious crops into comprehensive food and nutrition security efforts in countries with >> Read more

New Study Finds that Orange Maize Improves Vitamin A in Children

Biofortified “orange” maize can increase body stores of vitamin A in children. This is the finding of an efficacy study just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study involved Zambian children who were fed either white maize, orange maize, or a daily vitamin A supplement over three months. The researchers found that >> Read more

Global Policymakers Commit to Scaling-Up Nutritious Foods to Reach Millions

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.