Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
HarvestPlus: Breeding Crops for Better Nutrition
Dr. Howarth Bouis
Director of HarvestPlus Program (www.harvestplus.org)
International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, D.C. 20006
Currently, over 2 billion people living in developing world suffer from micronutrient deficiencies such as iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), selenium (Se), iodine (I) and vitamin A. Most of those affected from micronutrient deficiencies rely on a few staple cereals which are extremely poor in micronutrient concentrations. Continuous reliance on staple plant foods with low micronutrients contributes to micronutrient deficiency-related health complications.
Food fortification and supplementation offer some hope to ease the burden of micronutrient malnutrition but neither solution is easily accessible to those living in remote rural regions. For this reason, an alternative strategy has been developed called HarvestPlus (Biofortification Challenge Program: www.harvestplus.org). Major objective of the HarvestPlus program is to “biofortify” stable food crops with target micronutrients by applying plant breeding tool and modern biotechnology. This presentation will introduce the basic concepts and the structural and scientific organization of the HarvestPlus program.
Tuesday, April 25, 15:40 FENS L056