Knowledge for Development

Mapping for investments in biofortification: Launch of a new interactive tool


Date: 10/03/2015


HarvestPlus has launched a new, interactive online tool, Biofortification Priority Index (BPI), with which optimal investment decisions can be made on biofortified crops with the highest pay off in reducing micronutrient deficiencies. BPI focuses on three micronutrients – iron, vitamin A, and zinc – and allows users to search and sort through three easy-to-use drop-down menus, with results displayed on a colour-coded map according to crop, region and priority for investment. It comes at a time when biofortification is attracting increased recognition as a viable strategy to improve the nutritional status of populations dependent on staple food crops for sustenance. More detailed explanations of the data and methodology behind the BPI are available in the full HarvestPlus Working Paper on which the tool is based. (IFPRI, 20/01/2015)

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