Reuters Alertnet features a major advance in crop biofortification

16 October, 2013 by (comments)

It is especially fitting that on World Food Day, with its “sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition” theme, Reuters Alertnet has featured a CIAT blog post reporting a fourfold boost in the vitamin A content of cassava. The improved cassava could provide a solution to millions of Africans suffering from malnutrition related to vitamin A deficiency. ReadRead More …

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Fast-tracking nutrition: A magical discovery

8 October, 2013 by (comments)

Newly bred crop varieties that offer quadrupled vitamin A content could provide a lifesaving solution to millions in Africa suffering from malnutrition related to vitamin A deficiency. Globally, an estimated 250 million children are vitamin A deficient, according to the World Health Organization. Up to 500,000 will go blind every year – half of them will die within 12Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions

RTBMaps: more than just eye candy for scientists

15 July, 2013 by (comments)

If you ever needed proof of the power of visual data, try this: Visit the RTBMaps website. You’ll arrive at a big world map. Click on the “Biotic” button, and select “cassava mealybug.” Then hold onto your seat. That little exercise did more to hammer home the potential vulnerability of cassava to this formidable pest than any peer-reviewed studyRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Latin America and the Caribbean

HarvestPlus – better crops, better nutrition

23 April, 2013 by (comments)

Published in the CIAT Annual report 2012-2013, out now. HarvestPlus, the joint CIAT- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) programme to develop nutritionally-improved – or “biofortified” – staple food crops in Africa, Asia and Latin America, marked its ninth year with a number of new crop releases and improved systems to get the crops into the hands of smallholderRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity

Grain legumes come out of the shadows with major research programme

12 February, 2013 by (comments)

A new multi-million dollar research programme aims to improve the livelihoods of up to 1 billion people by boosting the productivity of some of the most important – but long-neglected – smallholder food crops. Grain Legumes – one of the 16 multi-partner CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) – will develop new varieties of chickpea, common bean, groundnut, lentil, soybean, pigeonRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en

Uganda study provides compelling case for biofortification

8 August, 2012 by (comments)

New varieties of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes have helped provide “significant amounts of vitamin A to malnourished Ugandan children and women”, according to a study published today in the Journal of Nutrition. The findings provide compelling evidence for the ongoing efforts of HarvestPlus to improve the nutrient content of key staple food crops. Click the picture to read the wholeRead More …

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Breaking Ground – the new annual report from HarvestPlus – out now

24 July, 2012 by (comments)

The 2011 annual report from HarvestPlus – the  initiative tasked with developing nutrition-rich staple crops for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – is now available. The announcement on the HarvestPlus website gives a tantalising taster of what’s inside: You can learn more about Benard, a farmer in Zambia who is testing vitamin A maize, and Alamgir, a plant breederRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Crops @en