The HarvestPlus mission is to improve nutrition and public health by developing and promoting biofortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals, and providing global leadership on biofortification evidence and technology.
HarvestPlus and its partners develop new, more nutritious varieties of staple food crops that provide higher amounts of vitamin A, iron, or zinc, the three micronutrients identified by the World Health Organization as most lacking in diets globally. This process is known as biofortification.
Our goal is that 15 million farming households will be growing and consuming biofortified nutritious foods by 2020, and that in total, 100 million people will have access to these foods. By 2030, we anticipate that 1 billion people will be benefitting from biofortified nutritious foods.
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HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) which helps realize the potential of agricultural development to deliver gender-equitable health and nutritional benefits to the poor. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. The HarvestPlus program is coordinated by two of these centers, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
In late 2002, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Micronutrients Project was selected to be one of three pioneer CGIAR Challenge Programs. In 2004, the HarvestPlus Challenge Program was officially launched when it became the first recipient of funding for biofortification research granted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It has also received funding from many other generous donors. In 2012 HarvestPlus became part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).