Breeding high-iron pearl millet cultivars: present status and future prospects

Govindaraj, M and Rai, K N and Kanatti, A and Velu, G and Shivade, H (2015) Breeding high-iron pearl millet cultivars: present status and future prospects. In: 2nd International Conference on " Global Food Security", October 11-14, 2015, Ithaca, NY, USA. (Submitted)

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Micronutrient malnutrition, widespread in resource poor families in the developing world where large populations rely on cereals as staple food, has emerged as a major health challenge. Over 60% and 30% of the world’s populations are deficient in iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn), respectively1. About 80% of pregnant women and 70% children are reported to suffer from Fe deficiency, while 52% children (<5 years) have stunted growth in India2,3. Biofortification is a cost-effective and sustainable agricultural approach to deliver essential micronutrients through staple foods. Pearl millet is an important staple food in the arid and semi-arid regions of Asia and Africa. The primary focus of HarvestPlus-supported pearl millet biofortification research at ICRISAT is on improving Fe density with Zn density as an associated trait...

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Breeding, High-iron pearl millet cultivars, Pearl Millet
Subjects: Others > Plant Breeding
Mandate crops > Millets > Pearl Millet
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2016 06:30
Last Modified: 17 May 2017 10:12
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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