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AJFAND special issue on biofortification

Summary of research1

Over the last decade HarvestPlus CGIAR2 national partners have developed over 150 varieties of 11 micronutrient-rich staples, including rice, wheat, maize, sweet potato, beans, cassava and pearl millet. Around 15 million people are growing and consuming these nutrient-rich varieties; over 80% of them are in Africa. The African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) recently published a special issue on biofortification to capture some of these experiences. The issue compiles existing evidence on biofortification, identifies knowledge gaps and discusses how to leverage biofortification to improve nutrition and health, especially in Africa. It includes articles by practitioners that assess delivery experience of biofortified crops across several countries and through various delivery channels.

The issue comprises a series of articles that present:

Three of the articles are summarised below. All articles can be accessed in full at: https://www.ajfand.net/Volume17/No2/index.html

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Endnotes

1Special issue devoted to biofortification. The African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND), Vol. 17, no. 2 (2017).

2Formerly the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research.

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AJFAND special issue on biofortification. Field Exchange 55, July 2017. p23. www.ennonline.net/fex/55/ajfandbiofortification