photo: D. Marchand, IDRC

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Our Vision
It all starts with a seed.

One seed. Planting and eating it can mean the difference between blindness and sight. Between a child stunted by poor nutrition, and a child growing to reach her true potential. Between a healthy, productive life, and one compromised at every turn.

Yes, one seed can make a difference.

HarvestPlus is a leader in the global effort to end hidden hunger caused by the lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the diet, such as vitamin A, zinc, and iron.

We develop these nutrient-rich seeds. We make sure they grow as well, if not better, than the ones farmers currently plant. We understand how they will provide better nutrition when eaten in different ways—and we promote them widely, so farmers and consumers know that that these seeds mean a healthier future for their families, communities, and country.

All this requires extraordinary cooperation. With diverse partners in more than 40 countries, we bring extraordinary assets to the table. The ‘Plus’ in our name doesn’t merely refer to nutritious crops. It’s a symbol of our tenacity and commitment to bridge the divide between disciplines and sectors in search of robust solutions to hidden hunger. We challenge assumptions, embrace risk, and demonstrate impact—all in the pursuit of a global health revolution.

HarvestPlus and its partners. Seeding a better life. One seed at a time.

More about HarvestPlus
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).

History
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).