Institutionalizing the biofortification strategy in a sustainable way: The case of LAC
Most efforts to combat micronutrient deficiency in the developing world focus on providing vitamin and mineral supplements to the poor and on fortifying foods with these nutrients through postharvest processing. The introduction of biofortified crops – varieties bred for increased mineral and vitamin content – could complement existing nutrition interventions and provide a sustainable, low-cost way of combating malnutrition. The presentation by Marilia Nutti covers progress made by HarvestPlus and AgroSalud (coordinated by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Embrapa) with the ongoing Biofortification projects in Brazil and Panama: the varieties already released and nutrition studies conducted. The plans for the LAC region were also presented, which include the ongoing technical assistance work with Panama and Colombia and planned work with the prioritized countries for 2013/2014: Haiti, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Finally, Prof Zeller presented the BPI methodology and the results for LAC countries.