Brussels event explores potential of biofortification to reduce malnutrition

This past June, HarvestPlus and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) co-hosted a meeting in Brussels to discuss the potential of agricultural-based approaches, such as biofortification, to reduce malnutrition.

The event featured a wide range of presenters from research and policy fields. To follow-up on IFPRI’s 2020 Conference, the first panel discussed how biofortification can fit into initiatives to leverage agriculture for improved nutrition and health. New research results and developments were also presented. The event concluded with a brainstorming session to identify next steps for moving biofortification and HarvestPlus forward.

For the full-length blog article, agenda, and participant bios, visit the HarvestPlus website.

Daniel Gilligan discusses impact of OFPS in Mozambique

by Yassir Islam, HarvestPlus

Orange-fleshed sweetpotato Photo credit: Mel Oluoch

Evaluations are useful for studying agricultural interventions to evaluate nutrition and health outcomes. From 2007 to 2009, HarvestPlus and its partners OFSP (orange-fleshed sweet potato) disseminated to 24,000 households in Uganda and Mozambique with the goal of reducing vitamin A deficiency. A cluster randomized design with baseline and endline surveys were used to evaluate the intervention. “This was a good example of research and impact working together” said Gilligan. read more