New Partnership to Improve Nutrition for Millions

(Cross-posted from HarvestPlus website.) DAVOS, Switzerland, January 23, 2014. HarvestPlus and World Vision today signed a MoU at the World Economic Forum in Davos, making a commitment to work together to improve nutrition for hundreds of millions of people around the world who suffer from hidden hunger.

Study finds that more nutritious pearl millet can meet full iron needs of children

Washington, D.C., August 12, 2013. A study just published in the, Journal of Nutrition shows that pearl millet bred to contain more iron can provide young children with their full daily iron needs. Pearl millet is an important staple food in semi-arid regions of India and Africa, where iron deficiency is widespread. Lack of iron impairs mental >> Read more

Tackling malnutrition means quality as well as quantity

By CONSORTIUM, April 9, 2013 Fighting malnutrition is not just about giving hungry people more food. It is also about improving the quality of food that they eat. That was the message from Howarth Bouis, director of HarvestPlus, a CGIAR Challenge Program that promotes micronutrient-rich staple food crops through biofortification. In an interview during a recent visit to India, Bouis said >> Read more

Orange Sweet Potato provide vitamin A in Africa

Conventionally-bred varieties of orange sweet potato (OSP) that provide high amounts of vitamin A are being used to combat vitamin A deficiency in regions of Africa where sweet potato is a staple food. From 2007-09, pilot programs successfully disseminated OSP to more than 24,000 households in Uganda and Mozambique, and assessed the impact.