Biofortification in Underutilized Staple Crops for Nutrition in Asia and Africa

Pfeiffer, W and Andersson, M and Govindaraj, M and Parminder, V and Cherian, B and Illona, P and Magezi, S and Mulambu, J (2018) Biofortification in Underutilized Staple Crops for Nutrition in Asia and Africa. In: Regional Expert Consultation on Underutilized Crops for Food and Nutritional Security in Asia and the Pacific – Thematic, Strategic Papers and Country Status Reports. Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 70-81. ISBN 978-616-7101-10-1

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Malnutrition is one of the biggest public health challenges of the century with about 2 billion people affected by it globally. Biofortification is the process of breeding micronutrients traits into staple food crops, which is bioavailable to make a positive measurable impact to the population that eats such staples on a daily basis. It is a cost-effective, sustainable strategy and complementary in nature to the existing market interventions. Iron pearl millet, iron beans, vitamin A cassava and orange sweet potato can contribute to increase household nutrition in the Asia and Africa. Over the years evidences gathered by partners in crop breeding, nutrition studies and delivery experiences will help to build the foundation for scaling out further to reach millions who need the most.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biofortification, Iron beans, Iron pearl millet, Orange sweet potato, Vitamin A cassava, Malnutrition
Subjects: Others > Biofortification
Others > Food and Nutrition
Others > Food Security
Others > Asia
Others > Africa
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2018 10:55
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2018 04:18
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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