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Mother knows best: Providing nutritious meals with biofortified crops

Every mother knows what is best for her child—especially when it comes to putting the most nutritious food on the table. At HarvestPlus, we are working hard to help mothers around the world feed their children the most nutritious food possible through…

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Nutritious food for a billion people

One in three people in the world is malnourished. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, iron, and zinc can cause blindness, reduced IQ, vulnerability to disease, and even death. Biofortification—breeding new, more nutritious…

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Dietary diversity and biofortification

Some 2 billion people suffer from hidden hunger caused by infections and diets lacking in essential micronutrients such as vitamin A, iron, and zinc.

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New facility to speed up zinc rice breeding in Bangladesh

HarvestPlus has opened a facility in Bangladesh to support faster breeding of zinc rice and train scientists in the use of advanced screening techniques. The X-ray fluorescence (XRF) laboratory center is located at HarvestPlus’ regional office in Bogra.

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May 2015 IFPRI Insights Magazine

The May 2015 edition of  Insights, IFPRI’s print and online magazine, is  available, with a roundup of stories on recent research from the Institute. The feature article in the May 2015 issue—“ Does Money Talk? ”—looks at the complicated question of how…

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Reducing micronutrient deficiency with biofortification

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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Improving Health through Agriculture

Until recently, Dickson Mbogo was a casual laborer at a school near Bombo, Uganda, where he lives with his wife and ten children. In parts of Uganda, nearly a third of young children suffer from a deficiency of vitamin A, which protects against…

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Remote data collection in the 21st Century

This blog story by  Jeffrey Dickinson  was originally posted on the HarvestChoice blog. Jawoo Koo  and  Cindy Cox from IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division  also contributed to this story. Traditional household surveys often take weeks or…

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Raising their voices to improve nutrition in Rwanda

Nearly 40 percent of children in Rwanda do not consume enough iron, which can have long-term consequences, including lower learning capacities, resistance to disease, and diminished energy levels. However, a new biofortified bean variety containing 15…

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GHI 2014: Solutions to hidden hunger

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 two…