Knowledge for Development



Date: 01/07/2011


HarvestPlus seeks to reduce ‘hidden hunger’ (micronutrient malnutrition) and provide micronutrients to billions of people directly through the staple foods that they eat. It uses a novel process called biofortification to breed higher levels of micronutrients directly into key staple foods. HarvestPlus focuses on three critical micronutrients that are recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as most limiting in diets: iron, zinc, and vitamin A. HarvestPlus envisions that in fifteen years, millions of people suffering from micronutrient malnutrition will be eating new biofortified crop varieties.

The harvest plus initiative is one of the three ‘challenge’ programme of the CGIAR. It was officially launched in 2004. It is a good source of information on developments and projects related to micronutrient security and biofortification around the world.

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