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Big Idea: Fighting Hunger With Ancient Genetic Engineering Techniques | Agriculture - DISCOVER Magazine

Big Idea: Fighting Hunger With Ancient Genetic Engineering Techniques | Agriculture - DISCOVER Magazine | HarvestPlus In the Media | Scoop.it

in 1994 Howarth Bouis stood before potential donors at a conference in Maryland and unveiled his plan for combating malnutrition in the developing world. Bouis, an economist at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), envisioned impoverished farmers in Africa and South Asia growing staple crops that are enriched in key nutrients like iron, zinc, and vitamin A. His presentation had the audience hooked—until he said he would accomplish the feat via old-fashioned plant breeding techniques.

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How to transform African farming: Return to 'orphan crops' - Christian Science Monitor

How to transform African farming: Return to 'orphan crops' - Christian Science Monitor | HarvestPlus In the Media | Scoop.it

Widespread nutrition education campaigns are crucial for creating more viable markets for orphan crops, especially when the public can learn that improving diets may be as simple as substituting sweet potato for wheat in a certain food product.

 

Indeed, these value-chain interventions are all inextricably linked. Work on the sweet potato in Uganda and Mozambique by HarvestPlus, a nongovernmental group that focuses on micronutrients, is a perfect example of such linkages.

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Saving Lives In Africa With The Humble Sweet Potato - NPR

In Africa, a nutrition success story: Swapping orange sweet potatoes for white ones is improving the health of children by boosting vitamin A levels. Researchers are now trying to duplicate their success with other crops.
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A Root Cause - IFPRI Insights Magazine

A Root Cause - IFPRI Insights Magazine | HarvestPlus In the Media | Scoop.it

Good news came to Nigeria in December 2011—that’s when three new cassava varieties, with the highest vitamin A content to date, were launched. According to researchers, these new varieties could provide Nigeria’s children and women with 25 percent of their daily vitamin A needs.

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Guest Commentary - Tackling Malnutrition: the 'Other' Olympic Legacy for London 2012 - Global Food for Thought Blog

Guest Commentary - Tackling Malnutrition: the 'Other' Olympic Legacy for London 2012 - Global Food for Thought Blog | HarvestPlus In the Media | Scoop.it

How do we feed the one billion hungry in the world? Iit is now possible to breed - using modern conventional methods - staple crops rich in proteins and in micronutrients such as vitamin A, iron and zinc. HarvestPlus has crops available, such as an orange-fleshed sweet potato which contains high-levels of vitamin A."

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