Gordon Prain - Agriculture - Health Linkages Research at CIP


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Biofortification and food systems research for improved nutrition. A roadmap towards investing in agriculture, food security and nutrition. Presented at the Agriculture Nutrition Linkages Seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh on the 18th of April, 2012.

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Gordon Prain - Agriculture - Health Linkages Research at CIP

  1. 1. Gordon Prain and Sreekanth Attaluri for CIP colleaguesAgriculture – Health Linkages Research at CIP Biofortification and food systems research for improved nutrition
  2. 2. Emergence of nutrition and food security at CIP Rootcrop consumption, 1980s Nutrition gardens research in Asia, UPWARD, from1990s OFSP –based complementary babyfoods, Peru, 2000 – 2005 2
  3. 3.  Nutrition and food security in cities through UPA, 2000 - 2010 VITAA (Vitamin A for Africa partnership) from 2001 Root and Tuber Crops for food security in Asia, 3 starting 2010
  4. 4. SASHA: Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa Improve nutrition, food security and livelihoods through untapped potential of sweetpotato, especially OFSP Objective:  Develop capacities, products and methods to reposition sweetpotato in food economies to alleviate poverty and under-nutrition Focus on:  Varieties; seed; processing; nutrition education; cross-sectoral 4 partnerships and capacity building
  5. 5. Biofortification for high iron andzinc concentration in potatoes•Fe & Zn concentrationrelatively low•Bioavailability of Fe can behigher because:High concentration of vitamin CLow concentration of phytatesPrimary target nutrients: Fe & ZnSecondary target nutrients:Promoters: vitamin C and 5carotenoidsInhibitors: Phenolic compounds
  6. 6. Sweetpotato: an untapped food resource in Bangladesh Production of 500,000 tons from 58,000 ha with declining trend Grown on marginal lands with minimum inputs Lower than average yield for Asia of 12 t/ha Varietal testing, evaluation and release of nine improved varieties through BARI (TCRC) and CIP  High beta-carotene levels  Yield 6  Salt toleranceCHALLENGES: LOW STATUS, LOWPROFITS, REGULATORY ROAD BLOCKS
  7. 7. USAID Horticulture Project, CIP/AVRDCBangladesh: improving incomes, nutrition and healththrough potatoes, sweetpotatoes and vegetables Partners and Goals ● Key partners BRAC and BARI, Worldfish, CRP4 ● In rapid first phase, establish quick gains in capacity building, PVS, seed multiplication, IPM, baseline and piloting of new value chains and nutrition interventions ● Building on first phase over three years, generate greater income, food and nutrition security for 100,000 poor families 7
  8. 8. Targeting and Objectives FtF target region of South-western and South Central Bangladesh (Barishal, Faridpur, Jessore) Learning site: Chittagong Four objectives:  Varietal development  Innovative seed systems  Sustainable cropping systems and crop management  Nutrition improvement and value chain development Cross-cutting: partnerships, communications, 8 gender, M&E
  9. 9. Opportunities for sweetpotato Cyclone relief crop Poor families’ rich food 9Multi-system crop For School feeding processing programs
  10. 10. USAID Horticulture Project: CIP/AVRDC Bangladesh COP: Dr. Shawkat Ara Begum . Email: s.a.begum@cgiar.org Sector Leader Potato/Sweetpotato: Dr. Mohammad Hossain Email: hossainbd60@yahoo.co.uk Regional sweetpotato specialist: Dr. Sreekanth Attaluri Email: s.attaluri@cgiar.org Regional potato specialist: 10 Dr. Mohinder Kadian Email: m.kadian@cgiar.org