New Review Affirms Nutritional Impact of Iron-Biofortified Crops

A review of current evidence on the nutritional impact of iron-biofortified staple crops reinforces the findings and strength of the existing research. The review affirms that regular consumption of these high-iron varieties, including beans and pearl millet, reduces iron-deficiency in vulnerable population groups such as school children and non-pregnant young women.

Dietary diversity and biofortification – Closer than you think

Some 2 billion people suffer from hidden hunger caused by infections and diets lacking in essential micronutrients such as vitamin A, iron, and zinc. This is particularly the case in the developing world, where diets mainly consist of starchy staples and not enough nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans and pulses, and animal source >> Read more

Going Global: 2014 progress from HarvestPlus

HarvestPlus recently released the 2014 edition of their annual report, entitled, Going Global. The 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 >> Read more

Call for authors: WHO-led biofortification research

Call for authors! Nutritionists, agronomists, economists, food scientists, and other researchers working in public health are invited to contribute to a World Health Organization (WHO)-led process to develop guidelines on biofortified staple crops. Authors are invited to prepare review papers on topics related to various aspects of biofortified staple crops for improving vitamin and mineral >> Read more