• Books and Monographs
    With one more year before the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the 2014 Global Hunger Index report offers a multifaceted overview of global hunger that brings new insights to the global debate on where to focus ...
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    The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is based on three equally weighted indicators: Undernourishment: the proportion of undernourished people as a percentage of the population (reflecting the share of the population with insufficient caloric ...
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    A un anno dalla scadenza per il raggiungimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo del Millennio, fissata nel 2015, l’Indice Globale della Fame 2014 offre una prospettiva articolata del problema della fame nel mondo, che porta nuovi spunti al dibattito ...
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    Ein Jahr bevor die Frist zur Erreichung der Millenniums-Entwicklungsziele im Jahr 2015 abläuft, bietet der Welthunger-Index (WHI) einen facettenreichen Überblick über die Verbreitung des Hungers und trägt neue Erkenntnisse darüber in die ...
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    This study explores farmer acceptance and valuation of a biofortified staple food crop in a developing country prior to its commercialization. We focus on the hypothetical introduction of a high-iron pearl millet variety in Maharashtra, India, ...
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    Micronutrient deficiency is a widespread health problem in the developing world. Most efforts to combat this issue have focused on providing vitamin and mineral supplements to vulnerable population groups and/or fortifying foods through ...
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    Micronutrient deficiency is a widespread health problem in the developing world. Most efforts to combat this issue have focused on providing vitamin and mineral supplements to vulnerable population groups and/or fortifying foods through ...
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  • Technical Guides
    Purpose of the manual Deficiencies of iron and zinc are a widespread public health concern. Dietary inadequacies of these two micronutrients are likely to occur in developing countries where staple diets are predominantly plant-based, and ...
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    Biofortified staple crops - food crops bred for higher micronutrient content - are expected to reduce micronutrient deficiency and its accompanying adverse health outcomes. Health benefits can be measured and expressed in terms of the number of ...
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    Vitamin A deficiency is a major health problem in Africa and in many other developing countries. Biofortified staple crops that are high in beta-carotene and adapted to local growing environments have the potential to significantly reduce the ...
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    In a world where there is arguably enough food produced and many gains have been made in increasing wheat production, Calderini and Ortiz-Monasterio have evaluated wheat varieties for their suitability for breeding to increase essential ...
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    The Second Global Consultation on Biofortification, to be held in Kigali, March 31-April 2, 2014, aims to deepen engagement with major actors in the global effort to improve nutrition and public health through nutrient-rich crops. The ...
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    Experts estimate that 2 billion people, mostly in poorer countries, suffer from micronutrient malnutrition, also known as hidden hunger. This is caused by a lack of critical micronutrients such as vitamin A, zinc, and iron in the diet. Hidden ...
  • General Information
    More than 840 million people do not get enough food to meet their daily energy needs. However, far more—an estimated 3 billion people—suffer the insidious effects of micronutrient deficiencies because they lack access to more nutritious foods ...
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    HarvestPlus is coordinated by IFPRI and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. Iron deficiency affects nearly one quarter of the world’s population, exacting the heaviest overall toll in terms of ill-health, premature death and lost ...
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    This post by Howarth Bouis, Director of HarvestPlus, which is coordinated by IFPRI and CIAT, is part of a series produced by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs marking the occasion of its annual Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, ...
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    This study analyzes consumer acceptance of biofortified orange maize in rural Zambia by eliciting consumers’ willingness to pay. It attempts to examine the impact of nutrition information, comparing the use of simulated radio versus community ...
  • Technical Guides
    Sampling protocols developed in consultation with HarvestPlus crop leaders and plant breeders. Contents: Precautionary Notes on Avoiding Contamination Barley Sampling Protocol Bean Sampling Protocol Cowpea ...
  • 2020 Focus
    The biofortification strategy aims to reduce the prevalence of vitamin and mineral nutritional deficiencies that are widespread in low-income populations by developing nutrient-rich varieties of staple food crops that the poor consume habitually. ...
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    Dorene Asare-Marfo, a Ghanaian national, joined IFPRI in 2008 as a Senior Research Assistant in the Food and Water Safety team (GRP 40) where she has been working on projects related to avian influenza and aflatoxin contamination in developing ...
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    Ekin joined HarvestPlus in 2010 as the Impact and Policy Coordinator. She first joined IFPRI in 2007 as a Research Fellow with the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. From 2004 to 2007 she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ...
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    He obtained his medical degree from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala (1987) and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in nutrition with emphasis on international nutrition ad a minor in epidemiology at the University of California-Davis. Previous to ...
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    Fabiana Moura is a Nutritionist Research Fellow at HarvestPlus responsible for managing the nutrition research component of 4 biofortified crops: banana, cassava, sorghum, and rice under the auspices of the Grand Challenges in Global Health, a ...
  • News
    The following piece by Amy Saltzman and Ekin Birol from HarvestPlus shares highlights from Chapter 3, "Addressing the Challenge of Hidden Hunger," from the 2014 Global Hunger Index. Micronutrient deficiencies, or hidden hunger, afflict more than ...
  • Press Release
    Washington D.C., April 16, 2014. Global policymakers, meeting in Kigali earlier this month at the 2nd Global Conference on Biofortification, committed to making biofortified nutritious foods more widely available in order to improve nutrition and ...
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    Which part of the spike of a wheat grain holds the highest concentration of nutrients? Researchers Daniel Calderini and Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio are among a pioneering group of scientists systematically examining this basic question of plant ...
  • Technical Guides
    Carotenoid analysis is inherently difficult and error prone. Despite substantial improvements and refinements in the methods for analyzing these fascinating but complicated compounds, discrepancies in analytical data can still be perceived in the ...
  • Online
    HarvestPlus is a global leader in reducing hidden hunger (micronutrient malnutrition) by breeding micronutrient rich foods. HarvestPlus Portal
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    A new strategy promises to reduce hidden hunger and improve peoples lives throughout the developing world. Watch this short film to find out why biofortification offers hope for a healthier harvest. For more information, visit the HarvestPlus ...
  • Project Papers and Notes
    Biofortification is increasingly seen as an additional tool to combat micronutrient malnutrition. This paper presents, for the first time, evidence on the costs and potential benefits of biofortification for a large number of countries in Africa, ...
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    Biofortification is increasingly seen as an additional tool to combat micronutrient malnutrition. This paper presents, for the first time, evidence on the costs and potential benefits of biofortification for a large number of countries in Africa, ...
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    As director of HarvestPlus, Dr. Howarth Bouis coordinates an interdisciplinary, global effort to breed and disseminate micronutrient-rich staple food crops to reduce hidden hunger among malnourished populations. Since 1993, he has sought to ...
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    Despite the policy importance of household nutrition and food security in rural Zambia, we are not aware of any analyses since a 1994 study by Shubh Kumar that have related the adoption of hybrid seed to dietary diversity among smallholder maize ...
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    This review is organized as follows. First, the characteristics of the digestion and absorption and the metabolism of vitamin A and carotenoids are briefly discussed in Sections 2 and 3, respectively. The numerous factors that affect carotenoid ...
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    Bioavailable iron, vitamin A, and zinc are mainly provided in the human diet by animal source foods. In the developing world, where poorer individuals consume predominantly plant-based diets, deficiencies of these micronutrients are common and ...
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    In this paper we use the Becker-deGroot-Marschak auction mechanism to estimate consumer demand for biofortified yellow cassava varieties in two states of Nigeria: Imo in the southeast and Oyo in the southwest. These two states exhibit distinct ...
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    In this paper, we examine the implications of alternative country-specific scenarios for biofortification on the reduction of micronutrient deficiency prevalence in under-fives. The scenarios are implemented within a long-term projections model ...
  • Video
    Video from HarvestPlus about biofortified beans in Rwanda.
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    Jose Funes is originally from Honduras. Before joining HarvestPlus, he worked with the Development Strategy and Governance division at IFPRI as GIS research analyst. He received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from Zamorano ...
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  • Books and Monographs
    Alors qu’il ne reste plus qu’une année avant la date d’échéance de la réalisation des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement, l’Indice de la faim dans le monde 2014 (GHI) offre une analyse multidimensionnelle de la faim et présente de ...
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    Although farmers in developing countries are generally thought to be risk averse, little is known about the actual form of their risk preferences. In this paper, we use a relatively large field experiment to explore risk preferences related to ...
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    Mourad joined IFPRI in 2009 as a nutritionist in HarvestPlus. His current research focuses on the evaluation of the usefulness of biofortified crops for the reduction of malnutrition in the developing world. Before joining IFPRI, Mourad worked in ...
  • Press Release
    HarvestPlus and World Vision sign partnership to tackle hidden hunger by scaling up access to nutritious food crops Hidden hunger caused by chronic lack of vitamins and minerals that can lead to stunting, infectious disease and death DAVOS, ...
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    Abuja and Washington D.C., September 22, 2014 – Nigeria’s Nollywood’s top movie directors, in partnership with HarvestPlus, a global program to improve nutrition, have made four movies to entertain and inform Nigerians on how they can improve ...
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    Washington D.C., March 27, 2014. On March 31, more than 275 high-level stakeholders from government, business and civil society will converge in Kigali, Rwanda, for a three-day consultation on ‘Getting Nutritious Foods to People.’ Nearly one ...
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    Micronutrient malnutrition, also known as hidden hunger, affects two billion people worldwide. In recent years, the global challenge of reducing hidden hunger and hence improving related health outcomes through agricultural interventions has ...
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  • News
    This blog story by IFPRI senior researchers Alan de Brauw and Dan Gilligan was originally posted on The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network. Micronutrient malnutrition is caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet. Poor ...
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  • Infographic
    Vitamin A deficiency is a major public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa. From 2007-2009, HarvestPlus and its partners released vitamin A-rich orange sweet potato to 24,000 in Mozambique and Uganda. This infographic presents results from the ...
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    Zambian farmers have extensive experience with maize hybrids and input subsidies. Like other countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, the successful development and diffusion of improved maize seed in Zambia during the 1970s and 1980s was ...
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  • IFPRI Briefs
    Der Welthunger-Index (WHI) 2014 stellt die nationale, regionale und weltweite Hungersituation zum neunten Mal in jährlicher Folge multidimensional dar. Er zeigt, dass bei der globalen Hungerbekämpfung seit 1990 Fortschritte erzielt werden ...
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    The 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report—the ninth in an annual series—presents a multidimensional measure of national, regional, and global hunger. It shows that the world has made progress in reducing hunger since 1990, but still has far to ...
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    Le rapport de l’Indice de la faim dans le monde 2014 – neuvième édition – propose une mesure multidimensionnelle de la faim au niveau national, régional et mondial. Le GHI 2014 montre les progrès effectués en matière de réduction de la faim ...
  • News
    The following story includes excerpts from two recent pieces drafted by IFPRI researchers as part of the Feeding Development campaign hosted by Devex. Why nutrition-smart agriculture matters By Howarth Bouis, Director of HarvestPlus The ...
  • Event
    The Second Global Conference on Biofortification is designed to be a consultation with major stakeholders who can help mainstream biofortification as a nutrition and public health intervention. It will explore some of the most critical challenge ...
  • Press Release
    October 13, 2014, Washington D.C.—A staggering 2 billion people get so little essential vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat that they remain undernourished, according to the 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) being released today by the ...
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    In this paper we assess (a) consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for a recently developed variety of maize that is high in provitamin A in the context of a public health intervention and (b) the performance of three elicitation mechanisms in ...
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