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Africa’s first biofortified pearl millet variety aims to combat anaemia

June 8th, 2018 / ICRISAT

For millions of women and children in Africa anaemia is a significant public health concern—and diets deficient in iron are often to blame. But consuming a new variety of pearl millet called chakti—with an additional 20% of the estimated average requirement of iron—may improve their nutritional status and help them …

Genetically engineered rice with high levels of iron and zinc is developed

February 22nd, 2016 / Rice Today

A transdisciplinary group of scientists has succeeded in increasing iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) levels in rice through biofortification—a breakthrough in the global fight against micronutrient deficiency or “hidden hunger.” Read …

Uganda: Growing bio-fortified crops for better nutrition

December 9th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, by B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali

Farmers in Rakai District marked a belated World Food Day on December 1 with particular emphasis on growing bio-fortified food crops to combat malnutrition.
A farmers’ exhibition displayed the biofortified sweet potatoes and beans they produce, products such as cakes and chapatis made from the sweet potato flour – as well …

Beta carotene-fortified potatoes paving way for biofortified African cassava

December 4th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

The humble potato has potential to become an important source of beta-carotene and may lead to more nutritious cassava crops in developing countries, thanks to newly patented research from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI). Scientiests are looking to apply lessons learned in potatoes to cassava plants. Biofortified cassava roots could …

Bangladeshi scientists ready for trial of world’s first ‘Golden Rice’

October 8th, 2015 / The Daily Star

Having successfully completed a trial of the genetically engineered Golden Rice in its transgenic screen house, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute is about to take the rice to confined field trials in the coming Boro season, before taking the variety to production phase. According to WHO data, one in every five …