Jari ('Golden' Cassava)

The 3rd Annual Biofortification Meeting in Brazil will be held from May 31 to June 5, 2009, in Aracaju, Sergipe. The Minister of Agriculture, Reinhold Stephanes, is expected to attend. Meeting highlights include the introduction of a new cassava variety, BRS Jari, with higher provitamin A content, and launch of the “Sweet Potato Growing and Consumption ABC Handbook.” This handbook is intended to encourage the presence of sweet potato on Brazilian tables and provides growing, cooking and consumption tips.

The program also includes a tribute to four pioneering researchers who combined health and agricultural sciences in their search for alternative malnutrition fighting methods. These researchers are: José Eduardo Dutra de Oliveira, Malaquias Batista Filho, Ross Welch, and Robin Graham.

There will also be a field day where participants see food crops with a potential for biofortification, such as rice, common beans, cowpea, wheat, maize, pumpkin, and sweet potato. Researchers and technical experts will be on hand to answer any questions.

This meeting is open to all organizations which are working with food biofortification. For more information please visit: http://www.cpatc.embrapa.br/biofortbrasil/ingles/

The III Biofortification Meeting in Brazil is a joint Embrapa Food Technology and Embrapa Coastal Tablelands event held in partnership with HarvestPlus and AgroSalud programs. Support also provided by Monsanto, Nestlé, Pepsico, and Haloteck Fadel.

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