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Biofortified Maize for Improved Human Nutrition

The Biofortified Maize for Improved Human Nutrition project conducts field research both at CIMMYT and with partners on breeding for increased pro-vitamin A and Zinc content in both Africa and Latin America. The project grant is renewed annually and has been in operation since 2004.

Key activities include supporting early and mid-late product development, evaluation and release in Mexico and target countries in southern Africa, food science and retention studies. Molecular breeding and biochemical analysis are key components for successful breeding, and the project also involves technical backstopping for partners in both regions.

Objectives

  • Conduct field research on breeding for increased pro-vitamin A for target countries in Africa
  • Conduct field research on breeding for increased Zinc for product evaluation and release
  • Conduct essential research to deploy analytical tools and marker assisted selection or genomic selection methods in micronutrient breeding work
  • Facilitate the dissemination, promotion and consumption of biofortified crops