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HarvestPlus selected as 2017 Launch Food Innovator

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Washington D.C. | USA | 1 Feb 2017
HarvestPlus has been a strong advocator for the use of biofortified staple foods. The organisation and its global partners developed new more nutritious varieties of key foods that dominate the diets of rural populations. The increased amount of Vitamin A, iron, zync in maze, potatos, cassava and others support the efforts to close the gap of missing nutrients that was identified by the World Health Organisation. The impact of HarvestPlus efforts is most visible in child mortality prevention. Micronutrient deficiency can cause can cause a range of health problems, including stunting, blindness, a compromised immune system, and even death, but most of all it is direclty linked to one third of child deaths.  

Bev Postma, CEO HarvestPlus

Biofortification is incredibly beneficial to vulnerable groups in rural farming communities, such as women and children. With the support of groups such as LAUNCH, we can realize our vision of a world free from the devastating social and economic effects of hidden hunger.

We congratulate HarvestPlus and are looking forward to their future endeavours. 

More About HarvestPlus

The HarvestPlus mission is to improve nutrition and public health by developing and promoting biofortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals, and providing global leadership on biofortification evidence and technology. HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) which helps realize the potential of agricultural development to deliver gender-¬equitable health and nutritional benefits to the poor. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. The HarvestPlus program is coordinated by two of these centers, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). HarvestPlus’ principal donors are the UK Government; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the U.S. Government's Feed the Future initiative; the European Commission; the Government of Canada and donors to A4NH.

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