Feeding the world’s population is only part of the challenge — we must also strive for higher-quality, more nutritious crops.
This research is especially significant for countries where the health burdens of exposure to aflatoxin and prevalence of vitamin A deficiency converge with high rates of maize consumption.
There are now 290 new varieties of 12 biofortified crops – including maize, wheat and potatoes – being grown in 60 countries, reaching an estimated 10 million farming households.
As Zimbabwe’s child malnutrition rate peaks above the international threshold for emergency response, nutritious vitamin A orange maize gains ground on the national market.
The first zinc-enriched maize varieties developed for Guatemala were released this month to improve food and nutrition security in a country where over 46 percent of children suffer from chronic malnutrition.
At the 2018 Latin American Cereals Conference (LACC), researchers discussed hidden hunger, the consumption of insufficient micronutrients, and how biofortification can help.
Malnutrition is rising again and becoming more complex, according to the director-general of the world’s leading public maize and wheat research center.
A new zinc-enriched maize variety developed by CIMMYT was released in Colombia to help combat malnutrition in South America.
Over the past 50 years, various research activities have been undertaken to boost protein quality and micronutrient levels in maize and wheat to help improve nutrition in poor communities.