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Highlights of recent IFPRI research and partnerships in Bangladesh

For more than two decades, IFPRI’s research and policy analysis have been a resource for Bangladesh in making impressive strides in ensuring food security and reducing poverty. Working closely with the Bangladesh Ministry of Food and Disaster…

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Biofortified sweet potatoes

Vitamin A deficiency affects over 140 million children under the age of five. In the absence of adequate amounts of vitamin A immune systems suffer irreversible damage and blindness occurs. A recent study found that boiled orange-fleshed sweetpotato…

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Biofortified wheat

In developing countries, particularly in South and West Asia, about half a billion people are iron deficient. In many of these same regions, wheat is considered a major staple food. The main objective of biofortifying wheat is to develop nutritionally…

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Biofortified cassava

An estimated 70 million people obtain more than 500 calories per day from cassava. With its productivity on marginal soils; ability to withstand disease, drought, and pests; and flexible harvest dates, cassava is a remarkably adaptable and hearty…

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Biofortified rice

Rice is the dominant cereal crop in many developing countries and is the staple food for more than half of the world’s population. In several Asian countries, rice provides 50–80 percent of the energy intake of the poor. Because of the high per capita…

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Biofortified beans

For more than 300 million people, an inexpensive bowl of beans is the centerpiece of their daily diet. The common bean—Phaseolus vulgaris—is the world’s most important food legume, far more so than chickpeas, faba beans, lentils, and cowpeas. Given…

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Biofortified maize

Maize is the preferred staple food of more than 1.2 billion people in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Over 50 million people in these regions are vitamin A deficient. Maize-based diets, particularly those of extremely poor individuals, often…