A Grain a Day

May 28, 2015

“A Grain a Day” is an opportunity to shed light on the important role maize and wheat play in global nutrition and to celebrate the dietary value of these food staples. Globally, an estimated 800 million people do not get enough food to eat and more than 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiency, or “hidden hunger,” according to U.N. food agencies. Measures to ensure an adequate supply of vital micronutrients include: diet diversification, nutritional education, supplementation and biofortification. Scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) are using biofortification to boost pro-vitamin A and zinc levels in maize and iron and zinc concentrations in wheat.

Recipes

You can join in the campaign by sending us your favorite wheat or maize-based recipe. All original recipes will be featured below and in our “A Grain a Day” cookbook to be published this summer.

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    Our science-based solutions help reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. We play a key role in transforming maize and wheat farming systems, strengthening agricultural practices and conserving a diverse seed collection to improve farmer livelihoods. We are seeking sustainable solutions as the global population and demand for food increase amid competing pressures of growing economic disparity, climate change risks, less arable land and water shortages.

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Vitamin A Orange Maize: A partnership between Agriculture and Nutrition Bears Fruit

By Yassir Islam, Guest blogger from HarvestPlus
One of the fruits of the partnership between agricultural scientists and nutritionists were the world’s first “orange” maize varieties rich in vitamin A. This ‘orange’ vitamin A maize has been conventionally bred to provide higher levels of provitamin A carotenoids, a naturally occurring plant pigment also found in many orange foods such as mangoes, carrots and pumpkins, that the body then converts into vitamin A.

 

Biohappiness: A happy farmer grows ZincShakti wheat on his farm in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photos: Nirmal Seeds, India#grainaday

Farmers in India embrace high-zinc
wheat for its nutritional benefit

By Velu GovindanUndernourishment affects some 795 million people worldwide – more than one out of every nine people do not get enough food to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

 

nutrition article#grainaday

Combatting hidden hunger is key to boosting good nutrition

By Martin Kropff, CIMMYT Director GeneralThere are certain things that all human beings need to survive and food is one of them. Aside from food as a biological necessity, it is also a complex cultural product shaped by agriculture, climate, geography and the pursuit of pleasure.

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“A Grain a Day” is an opportunity to shed light on the important role maize and wheat play in global nutrition and to celebrate the dietary value of these food staples. Globally, an estimated 800 million people do not get enough food to eat and more than 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiency, or “hidden hunger,” according to U.N. food agencies. Measures to ensure an adequate supply of vital micronutrients include: diet diversification, nutritional education, supplementation and biofortification. Scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) are using biofortification to boost pro-vitamin A and zinc levels in maize and iron and zinc concentrations in wheat.
You can join in the campaign by sending us your favorite wheat or maize-based recipe. We’ll feature original recipes on this page and in our “A Grain a Day” cookbook to be published this summer.

 

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