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Biofortification Progress Briefs

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August 2014

Available online at www.HarvestPlus.org

PROGRESS BRIEFS

Introduction to Biofortification Progress Briefs August 2014 The following briefs were solicited by HarvestPlus for the Second Global Conference on Biofortification, “Getting Nutritious Foods to People,” which took place in Kigali, Rwanda from March 31 to April 2, 2014. The conference, an interactive global consultation attended by more than 300 leaders in agriculture, food, nutrition, and health, was officially hosted by the Government of the Republic of Rwanda and organized by HarvestPlus. The conference culminated in a series of commitments to tackle hunger and micronutrient deficiency through nutrition-sensitive agriculture, captured in the Kigali Declaration on Biofortified Nutritious Foods. To learn more about the conference and its outcomes, please visit http://biofortconf.ifpri.info/. The briefs were developed as background information for the conference and are intended to present existing evidence on biofortification, identify knowledge gaps, and stimulate discussion on how to leverage biofortification to improve nutrition and health. They are meant to be accessible to a variety of audiences, from researchers to practitioners working on the ground. Readers interested in learning more about these topics can follow the references to journal articles and working papers that underpin many of the briefs. The briefs have proven to be very popular, and will be further refined in the coming months and publically launched on the HarvestPlus website. We hope that you will find these briefs useful and that they will inspire a dialogue among you and your partners as you seek new pathways to improve nutrition and public health.

Howarth Bouis

Director, HarvestPlus

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August 2014

PROGRESS BRIEFS

Table of Contents

Crop Development and Alternative Approaches Brief 1. Zinc Rice ........................................................................................................................................................................ 1 Brief 2. Zinc Wheat .................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Brief 3. Iron Common Bean ....................................................................................................................................................... 5 Brief 4. Iron Pearl Millet ............................................................................................................................................................ 7 Brief 5. Vitamin A Maize ............................................................................................................................................................ 9 Brief 6. Vitamin A Cassava .......................................................................................................................................................... 11 Brief 7. Vitamin A Orange Sweet Potato .................................................................................................................................... 13 Brief 8. Vitamin A Banana/Plantain ............................................................................................................................................ 15 Brief 9. Iron and Zinc Lentils ....................................................................................................................................................... 17 Brief 10. Iron and Zinc Irish Potato ............................................................................................................................................. 19 Brief 11. I