Ushering in the age of biofortification

14 February, 2011 by (comments)

Policymakers should incorporate nutrition and farming, if the world is going to rise to the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, and a growing population.

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That’s the message from the Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health conference in New Delhi, India, organized by CIAT’s CGIAR sister-center the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Experts at the conference have called for more emphasis on biofortification – the process of improving the nutritional content of crops – rather than just focusing on yields. Click to read Voice of America’s write-up.

The CIAT-based biofortification program AgroSalud is developing, promoting, and disseminating biofortified crops in 14 countries in Latin America. Click to watch Feeding Ambitions, a short photofilm about the work of AgroSalud to improve the diets of schoolchildren in Colombia’s southwestern Cauca department, where malnutrition is endemic.

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