In 2008, CC came up with top 30 best solutions to GLOBAL challenges, NOT just problems in developing countries! (Fro example, climate change, terrorism were all considered).Biofort was #5…well what is biofort?
Health activities within the assoication seek to get men more engaged with family health. Here is a photo of fathers feeding their children. This scene got a lot of giggles from the community as these fathers had never feed their children. The entire production and marketing groups receives all the training that the health counsil receives.We are now going to turn out attention to the health and nutrition aspects of the programs.
Biofortification complements other strategies to reduce micronutrient malnutrition
Brian Hilton - Food Security Advisor
Dr. Brian Hilton Food Security Advisor World Vision
Why agriculture and nutrition together?
How can biofortification reduce
What are the technologies available to
improve the nutritive value of crops?
Agriculture makes money!
Pigeon pea income
Nutrition is low cost and very high impact
TOP FIVE SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL POVERTY
1 Micronutrient supplements for
2 The Doha development agenda
3 Micronutrient fortification
4 Expanded immunization
coverage for children
Agriculture helps men get involved in nutrition
Agriculture interacts with nutrition on many levels (diet diversity,
protein availability, aflatoxin control , micronutrient availability)
The effects of micronutrient deficiency
• 2 billion people – over • An estimated 250
30% of the world’s
population – are anemic children are vitamin
• In developing countries
50% pregnant woman • An estimated 250
and 40% of preschool
000 to 500 000
children are estimated
to be anemic.
blind every year.
• Anemia contributes to
20% of all maternal
Approaches to reducing micronutrient deficiencies
Biofortified crops can improve micronutrient
status of target populations.
Foods that are visibly different may require
nutrition and behavior change activities.
AusAID ANCP funded project in Burundi
92% of population eats beans
Conventionally bred high iron beans not GM
High iron traits have been bred into a range of beans
Biofortified maize is orange and must overcome the
stigma of yellow maize food aid
Biofortified crops really do improve health
High iron rice study: Catholic sisters from 10
convents in the Philippines
Rice - the future high iron crop. GM rice
being developed. Conventionally bred rice
Iron 4 x higher throughout
Do the consequences of micronutrient deficiency
justify a more widespread use of GM crops?